|The writing says: "My body belongs to me."|
A Tunisian Salafi preacher has called for a 19-year old girl who posted her topless pictures on Facebook to be “quarantined” and stoned to death before she starts “an epidemic.”
Tunisian newspaper AssabahNews quoted Salafi preacher Alami Adel, who heads the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, saying: “According to God’s law, she deserves 80 to 100 lashes, but what she committed is worth much more than that. She deserves to be stoned to death and she must be quarantined because what she did is an epidemic.”
“She is like someone suffering from a serious and contagious illness and she must be secluded and treated,” he added. The young Amina, who is part of a feminist movement and group called FEMEN can be seen smoking a cigarette topless with Arabic words written across her chest in black that reads in English “My body belongs to msp;
FEMEN is a Ukrainian based feminist group that gathers women together in Europe in topless protests in support of women’s rights.
Amina has been delivered by her parents to a psychiatric hospital in Tunis, according to reports received by FEMEN leader Inna Shevchenko in Paris and reported by the U.S. based magazine the Atlantic.
Tunisian media said that if Amina committed the offence in Tunisia, she could be punished by up to two years in prison and be given a fine between $60 and $600.
A petition and an international day of action on April 4 to highlight the threats against Amina have been organized by activists.
More than 10,000 people have signed the petition that called for those who threatened Amina’s life to be prosecuted.
"She is like someone suffering from a serious and contagious illness and must be secluded and treated."
Of course the "illness" she is suffering from is self respect and this preacher's fear is that if the women of his culture start to "catch it" they will stop letting themselves be repressed by assholes like him.
Much like early Christianity the Islamic religion, in its most fundamentalist form, reduces women to property and as breeding stock. But before you start lauding Christianity for being so much more progressive remember that many of it's religious leaders fought against the women's movement tooth and nail, and STILL battle sexual fredom at every opportunity.
The ONLY reason that Christianity is not as openly misogynistic as Islam is because society changed, and in order to survive it grudgingly, and slowly, changed with it.
And it will take young women like Amina up above, or Malala Yousafzai the young Pakistani girl shot in the face for openly advocating for education, to force those changes.
By the way this was Richard Dawkins response to the tactics of Femen:
Not sure what to think of this movement: bit.ly/Y8UsUcexcept . . . it needs to spread through the Islamic worldI think that pretty much sums up my thoughts as well.
— Richard Dawkins (@RichardDawkins) March 24, 2013