[Blog] The Barbarism and Primitivism of Pakistan’s Stone Age ‘laws’. By Jose Mario De Vega

The Barbarism and Primitivism of Pakistan’s Stone Age ‘laws’
By Jose Mario De Vega

I refer to Mubasher Bukhari’s “Pakistan woman stoned to death by family for marrying man she loved”, Reuters, May 27th.

I am writing to bring to the attention of the international community a grave injustice that happened, (which, sad but true is still happening discriminately and in an alarming rate) in Lahore, Pakistan.

Mario De Vega

It is a tragic story about a woman who was stoned to death by her own family by reason of her defiance: she follows her heart and she died for it!

What is that? Allow me to repeat the horrible facts of this harrowing saga of a tragic love story!

The woman was put to death dastardly, treacherously and in an extremely violent manner, in broad day light, ironically outside the bloody ‘court,’ sad but true, by her own family, because she married a man that she loves and her bastard relatives does not approved of her choice.

She was killed for falling in love, for following her heart and for defying the backwardness of her family and their stupid and utterly barbaric cultural beliefs! For this, she was killed! So bloody disgusting!

And what is that belief? Believe or not, but according to the abnormal and sick mindset of some people in Pakistan, “a woman marrying her own choice brings dishonor on the family.”

What the fuck is that?

It is already 2014, but I was shocked to learn that up until today, there are still some bastard bloody creatures who, are still living at the Stone Age! What a shame!

This is outrageous, barbaric and undeniably ridiculous to the core!

To quote directly from the said Reuters report:

“A 25-year-old woman was stoned to death by her family outside one of Pakistan’s top courts on Tuesday in a so-called “honor” killing for marrying the man she loved, police said.

“Farzana Iqbal was waiting for the High Court in the eastern city of Lahore to open when a group of around dozen men began attacking her with bricks, said Umer Cheema, a senior police officer.

“Her father, two brothers, and former fiance were among the attackers, he said. Iqbal suffered severe head injuries and was pronounced dead in hospital, police said.

“All the suspects except her father escaped. He admitted killing his daughter, Cheema said, and explained it was a matter of honor.”

I am heavily wondering, what “honor” does that despicable creature Cheema is talking about?

It is my firm view that that bastard is a sick wacko and a mentally deranged criminal. In fact, I will argue that his whole bloody family is a bunch of abnormal freaks! They are not humans, but animals of the lowest order albeit in an artificial ‘human’ form.

I condemn on behalf of Humanity the barbarism, heartlessness and backwardness of Pakistan’s subscription to the so-called “honor killing” and carrying it out through death by stoning.

My humanity is revolting and I am truly in rage reading this super inhumane horrible news!

In the immortal words of Emile Zola:

“I have but one passion: to enlighten those who have been kept in the dark, in the name of humanity which has suffered so much and is entitled to happiness. My fiery protest is simply the cry of my very soul.”

As I’ve stated then in my article, “Stoning to Death and Honor Killing is a Crime against Humanity, Human Rights Online Philippines”, October 10, 2013:

Stoning to death, in my view is a bloody stain in the history of civilization.

This barbaric practice is a shame to the whole of mankind!

I concur with Naureen Shameem, the representative for women’s rights group Women Living Under Muslim Laws, when says “that stoning is used against women in particular as a way to control them.”

Shameem stated that:

“Stoning is a cruel and hideous punishment. It is a form of torturing someone to death. It is one of the most brutal forms of violence perpetrated against women in order to control and punish their sexuality and basic freedoms.”

Indeed, as the Asian Human Rights Commission explained the act of stoning against women in a recent press release:

“Stoning to death is a barbaric act from a primitive society. Society is sent the message that violence is the way to deal with women and other vulnerable groups. Women’s rights are negated through the use of these forms of punishment…”

Indeed, Pakistani society has degenerated to the point that, for a woman, who defied her family in following her heart, has become a serious crime. This is barbarism at its lowest form!

When does it happen or where does it occurred, that falling in-love and marrying the person that you love became a crime in a civilized universe?

To love is free and it can never ever be controlled or contained, for love is the strongest ‘virus’ ever known to man.

To quote from another article of mine(“it’s about a young Saudi woman who followed her lover, defied her family, left her land and crossed the boundary illegally to Yemen to give in and fulfill the wishes and dictates of her heart.”), “Love knows no boundary: The Power of Love, Human Rights Online Philippines, December 6, 2013:

That said woman, Huda Abdullah Al Niran, who were dubbed by the press as “Saudi Juliet” has shown once again to the universe the unstoppable and undeniable power of love. That love, true love will defy all odds, will crossed all borders and will not cease from following the commands of one’s heart — to the point of standing up against the whole world and even death would not be enough to stop its march.

The so-called “honor killings”

Another idiotic issue that I wish to highlight and condemn is the so-called barbaric practice of “honor killing”.

The Human Rights Watch defines “honor killings” as follows:

“Honor killings are acts of vengeance, usually death, committed by male family members against female family members, who are held to have brought dishonor upon the family. A woman can be targeted by (individuals within) her family for a variety of reasons, including: refusing to enter into an arranged marriage, being the victim of a sexual assault, seeking a divorce—even from an abusive husband—or (allegedly) committing adultery. The mere perception that a woman has behaved in a way that “dishonors” her family is sufficient to trigger an attack on her life.”

There is no iota of doubt that these two idiotic issues are evil in origin and irrefutably barbaric to the maximum.

These preposterous practices and nefarious acts grossly and grimly violated the United Nation Universal Declaration of Human Rights that clearly stipulates that:

“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.”

Clearly, stoning to death and honor killing are undeniably a blatant negation, a sheer derogation and a complete denial of the people, especially of women and other vulnerable minority groups of their human rights and the guarantee and protection of a civil, reasonable and secular law as mandated by international law and sanctioned by universal convention and statutes!

To deny the individual, a group or type of people their inherent and natural right to their human rights is to challenge their very humanity and reduce their dignity. This is a shame!

To impose on them a backward, preposterous and Jurassic law is to deny their humanity. This is a shame!

Incontestably, stoning to death and honor killing’s only aim is depriving people of their humanity and dehumanizing them. This is the heights of stupidity, shame and absurdity!

Henceforth, I forged solidarity and joined all relevant rights groups and humanistic international organizations who are “currently petitioning the United Nations to enact a worldwide ban on stoning” to death and criminalize the barbaric practice of so-called honor killing”.

This twin evil practices and acts of madmen and barbarians must come to an end.

The whole world must condemn Pakistan and all barbaric countries that practiced so-called “honor killing” and stoning to death!

They have no right to exist in any civilized and reasonable world order!

For Humanity, Equality and Justice!

Jose Mario Dolor De Vega

Philosophy and Social Science lecturer

College of Liberal Arts
Social Science Department
Technological University of the Philippines

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