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How Muslims Treat Women
An Arab Nightmare for Egyptian Women
It was such a promising start that the movement was dubbed the Arab Spring, after the reforms in Prague, the Czechoslovakian city when it looked like democracy was going to flower. And just like that unfortunate city, reality stomped on the dream. The Egyptian military, keen to keep their power behind whatever puppet government was elected, brutalized the women protestors. The soldiers seemed to want to exact a higher price from females for daring to participate. The protests had toppled Egyptian president, Hosni Mubarak, and brought forth new elections. Egyptian women, from the very beginning of the protests were active in making their displeasure known and were loud in their calls for democracy. The protests continued. The people knew that the elected representatives were just puppets and that the true power lay with Egypt's army leaders. The soldiers were quick to crush the movement that they had initally supported.
Demonstrations in Tahrir Square have been held daily for the past few days in order to protest the military rule. Suddenly the soldiers attacked. There had already been a few civilian killings. These pictures show the brutality that the women demonstrators suffered in the hands of soldiers. The men ganged up on individual women and beat them with metal batons. It seemed as if it was not enough to subdue the women, they had to be humiliated. Where was this famed consideration that Muslims have for women? The muslims have always declared that Islam treated their women better. Really? These pictures do not seem to support that claim. If anything, it has always seemed to me that women in the Middle East get the short end of the stick. The more conservative the brand of Islam, the more the women are covered up and shut away in their homes where they are not able to participate in public life. Egypt, as it has come under the sway of Islamists, has seen more women behind the veil. Soon, the presence of women in Egypt's universities will dwindle and then disappear as it continues to be ruled by Islamists. We people in the West should look at this and stop kidding ourselves. Muslim societies are not healthy for women or minority religions. To be passive, refrain from making criticisms about their brutality, and to give financial aid to these countries is an abomination to our beliefs regarding freedom and equality. We should not be silent.
WARNING! Violent and Graphic Content
As this hub was being published, the Egyptian military expressed "great regret" for the attacks on women and promises to investigates these and punish the soldiers. Yeah, big whoop.