Self-immolation in Afghanistan

Recent articles in the New York Times and on RAWANews focus on a disturbing practice among Afghan women: burning themselves to death.

Not only that, but some women are murdered by being burnt, the idea being that it will look like suicide.

For anyone who still thinks that every culture’s approach to morality is equally valid, I challenge you to maintain such a view after reading about this tragic situation, in which untold emotional and physical suffering results from primitive, religiously supported views about women and their role in society.

Shame on you, Afghanistan. You are a disgrace.

Burn Unit in Herat Regional Hospital

(Image from http://www.rawa.org/temp/runews/2009/03/26/afghan-hospital-records-600-suicide-attempts-within-a-year.html)
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