Skip to comments.Libya rape victims face 'honour killings'
Posted on 06/14/2011 9:46:54 AM PDT by Cardhu
Libyan women and girls who become pregnant through rape risk being murdered by their own families in so-called "honour killings", according to aid workers.
Rape is a sensitive topic worldwide, but in this country it is even more of a taboo.
"In Libya when rape occurs, it seems to be a whole village or town which is seen to be dishonoured," says Arafat Jamal of the UN refugee agency, UNHCR.
Libyan charities say they are getting reports that in the west of the country, which is particularly conservative, Col Muammar Gaddafi's forces have tended to rape women and girls in front of their fathers and brothers.
"To be seen naked and violated is worse than death for them," says Hana Elgadi. "This is a region where women will not go out of the house without covering their face with a veil."
Ms Elgadi is in a group of Libyan volunteers offering medical help and HIV tests. The organisation is also offering to pay for abortions for women who have been raped in the war.
'Killing with love'
"Time is against us," says Nader Elhamessi from the Libyan aid agency, World for Libya.
For the moment pregnancies can be disguised, but not for much longer. Many fathers will kill their own daughters if they find out they have been raped."
"It is killing done with love," says Ms Elgadi. "They believe they are saving the girl."
"That's why we are offering to pay for abortions for women who want them," says Ms Elgadi. She says fatwas - Islamic clerical rulings - have already been made, which sanction abortion in circumstances such as rape.
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Being a woman in Islam is a ‘no win’ situation.
> “It is killing done with love,” says Ms Elgadi. “They
> believe they are saving the girl.”
Oh, well that makes it better.
why doesn’t everyone leave them alone so they can kill each other off???
So, the rape victim may be killed, or the child aborted. In either case the innocent child must pay for the behavior of an unknown third party. It matters not that if born, the child will be raised to hate us; the child is still innocent life.
What a happy excuse for promoting abortion.
I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess this does not occur among the minority Christian population.
The father and brothers should be murdered too... otherwise the village is shamed - and all the people in the village must be murdered if one father or brother who witnessed a rape is not killed .. and if that's not done, all the people in the country must be murdered. Shame, shame, shame - everywhere.
Yet another quaint native custom in the society molded by the Religion of Peace (tm).
The media is simply trying to drum up public support for the illegal NATO lead military campaign in Libya by citing things that go on in all muslim countries. Heck, we have honor killings right here in the good ol’ US of A, Canada too.