I’m frustrated and outraged at what I’ve been reading over the past two weeks about Dr. Aafia Siddiqui. She was kidnapped with her 3 children, the youngest one being a 6 month old in March 2003 and her plight has just started to reach different corners of the world. FIVE long and trying years after her disappearance, and yet the men of our nation aren’t moved.
So there have been protests in Pakistan – the first one that I read about was led by women – but are there men only in Pakistan? How can this abuse be tolerated by us, especially by men who are responsible for the protection of our nation? For the protection of our honour? How can I consider myself safe if I won’t have anyone to come to my rescue if such a thing were to happen? How can any woman feel secure when the Muslim nation has morphed into a sleeping giant? We are stuck in a state of comatosity and have become so indifferent to our current state of affairs that nothing moves us anymore.
I imagine, those women who were harassed and raped at the time of the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) and during the reign of Mu`tasim Billaah, an Abbasid Caliph, were forunate to have men like them to come to their rescue and avenge their honour.
A report by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan revealed the following about her condition:
So what about this sister? What are we doing to avenge her honour? What about her children? What would YOU do if you were treated like that and your children were snatched away from you for years, without knowing anything about their whereabouts?
Below are links related to her case. Please inform yourselves and others and do whatever it takes to voice your concern about her.