Brutalization of Muslim Women in Western Countries- Tom Gross Finds More Shocking Cases

The phenomenon of honor killings occuring in Western democracies is not a new one, but it has recently gained media attention. The case of the Georgia man, originally from Pakistan, who killed his daughter for attempting to get out of an arranged marriage was covered by the major media outlets.

Tom Gross, on his Mideast Media Analysis site, has collected some other recent cases of honor killings and other systematic brutalization of Muslim women in Western countries.

17 GIRLS REMOVED FROM BRUSSELS HOTEL AFTER BEING “ENSLAVED” BY UAE ROYALS

Seventeen young women and girls were removed by police from the luxury Conrad Hotel in Brussels last Tuesday evening following allegations that they had been enslaved by Arab royals.

Belgian police raided the Conrad, the city’s most prestigious hotel and the preferred place of residence for many presidents and prime ministers during European Union summits.

Police took away 17 young girls from the Philippines, Morocco, India, Egypt, Turkey, Iraq and Syria, amid allegations they had been held captive in the hotel for eight months.

Belgian newspapers have described the case as “slavery right in the heart of Brussels.”

The chic and pricey Conrad Hotel, “where you can discover the luxury of being yourself” (according to the hotel’s website), is situated on the Avenue Louise and surrounded by the most expensive shops in Brussels.

Police have questioned members of the UAE’s royal family who kept near-permanent suites at the hotel. No charges have been brought but the investigation continues.

“We are convinced that these 17 girls are victims of people trafficking,” a Belgian official said. The operation was triggered by the escape of a Filipina girl who was imprisoned in the hotel by the widow of a senior royal figure from the UAE and her four daughters, who have rented the entire fourth floor of the hotel for the last year.

The government of the UAE has refused to comment.

IN ITALY, A 15-YEAR-OLD GIRL “LEAPS FROM BALCONY AFTER REFUSING ARRANGED MARRIAGE”

A 15-year-old Pakistani girl has been hospitalized after jumping from a balcony in the northern Italian town of Alessandria. She had refused an arranged marriage with a 16-year-old Pakistani.

The Italian daily La Stampa reported that doctors have operated on fractures to her legs sustained during the fall.

The girl, who has grown up in Italy, is said to be well integrated. Neighbors were quoted by Italian newspapers as saying she wears “western-style clothes” and has Italian school friends.

The previous center-left Italian government issued a “charter of values” for immigrants following the death of a young Pakistani girl, Hina Saleem, who had her throat slit by male relatives in August 2006 after she went to work in a pizzeria.

In an especially shocking case, a Danish woman was murdered because she gave birth to a baby girl instead of baby boy.

31-YEAR-OLD DANISH WOMAN SHOT DEAD IN PAKISTAN “HONOR KILLING”

Agence France-Presse (AFP) reports that a man in a small Pakistani town killed his Danish sister-in-law on July 1, because he suspected her of having a “bad character” after she gave birth to a baby girl rather than a baby boy.

Faisal Bashir shot dead 31-year-old Tahira Bibi, who was of Pakistani origin, local police official Mohammad Shahbaz Cheema told AFP. “It’s a clear case of honor killing,” he said.

More than 4,000 people, mostly women, have been killed in conservative rural areas of Pakistan in recent years in the name of “protecting family honor.”

Despite the democratic institutions and official secularism in Turkey, some traditions are especially diffcult to uproot.

TURKEY: OVER 1,000 HONOR KILLINGS IN FIVE YEARS

In Istanbul, at least one person is killed every week in an “honor killing” according to a new report by a Turkish human rights group. The report is said to be the most comprehensive ever on the subject. The number of murders committed for honor in the last five years exceeds 1,000. “The murderers are treated as heroes in prisons and they do not regret their crimes,” says the report.

5 Responses to Brutalization of Muslim Women in Western Countries- Tom Gross Finds More Shocking Cases

  1. pacificus says:

    To quote Bob Dole, where’s the outrage? Maybe this will be another side benefit of developing our own oil resources–we can tell the “moderate” Arabs who pose as moderns to go to hell with the rest of them.

  2. Rich Rostrom says:

    Disgusting. But most wealthy third-worlders have such attitudes, not just Moslems. There was a case in Israel: wealthy Indian gem dealer families who had taken up residence in Israel (where they did much business) and were treating Filipina servants as slaves. Some overseas Chinese are as bad.

  3. Lorenz Gude says:

    I don’t think wealthy third worlders have the same attitudes as those that prevail among some Moslems. Third world women do the lowest level of work in many countries – even the US and Europe – and not just as servants but also in hospitals, factories and offices. Abuse, physical and sexual, occur wherever certain people have power over others, but killing people for honor and being respected for the act by others is a different matter and not morally equivalent. Furthermore, the point was made in a recent post here that honor killing, even though rationalized religiously, is very much an Arab cultural phenomena.

  4. oao says:

    we can tell the “moderate” Arabs who pose as moderns to go to hell with the rest of them.

    we should. but we act in ways in which we facilitate the arabs to send us to hell.

    But most wealthy third-worlders have such attitudes, not just Moslems.

    that’s why there is so little outrage at the atrocities committed in the arab/muslim culture.

    Abuse, physical and sexual, occur wherever certain people have power over others, but killing people for honor and being respected for the act by others is a different matter and not morally equivalent.

    perhaps. but i have traveled in practically all continents and I have not ever encountered an appreciation of human dignity similar to the west’s anywhere. this is not to say that the west is perfect, or homegenous, or that there ar not really bad exceptions, but it is generally true that nowhere is there better respect for human dignity than in the west.

    the problem is that this respect has been deteriorating rapidly in europe, even in the US and israel. and much of it is due to globalization and immigration.

    oao
    http://fallofknowledgeandreason.blogspot.com/

  5. ali says:

    17 GIRLS REMOVED FROM BRUSSELS HOTEL AFTER BEING “ENSLAVED” BY UAE ROYALS

    Seventeen young women and girls were removed by police from the luxury Conrad Hotel in Brussels last Tuesday evening following allegations that they had been enslaved by Arab royals.

    Belgian police raided the Conrad, the city’s most prestigious hotel and the preferred place of residence for many presidents and prime ministers during European Union summits.

    Police took away 17 young girls from the Philippines, Morocco, India, Egypt, Turkey, Iraq and Syria, amid allegations they had been held captive in the hotel for eight months.

    Belgian newspapers have described the case as “slavery right in the heart of Brussels.”

    The chic and pricey Conrad Hotel, “where you can discover the luxury of being yourself” (according to the hotel’s website), is situated on the Avenue Louise and surrounded by the most expensive shops in Brussels.

    Police have questioned members of the UAE’s royal family who kept near-permanent suites at the hotel. No charges have been brought but the investigation continues.

    It is no wonder this things happing in Emirates every hour. Since they don’t have or they don’t follow a workers rights law. It is for all who are from the third world and I am talking about graduate who works for an owner as they called him there or godee from god . they get no coming tickets no return no transportation no acommedation no desent salary and no gratitude. And they keep their passports and they have to bare all. Enginers, translators, teachers, administrator, all… they are building a country with poor people bones.

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