Militants accuse her of breaking Islamic law
By Mubashir Zaidi and Laura King
Los Angeles Times
Liberal fascist rag manages to whine and appease the merciless death cultists
Facedown before a crowd, the teenage girl shrieks and writhes, begging for mercy. But the three masked men holding her down merely tighten their grip while a fourth man whips her again and again.
The video of a 17-year-old girl being flogged publicly by the Taliban in Pakistan's Swat Valley has galvanized the nation, drawing protests from human rights groups, denunciations from the central government and expressions of revulsion from Pakistanis.
The video, shot earlier this year, surfaced Friday on Pakistani television stations and the Internet.
"This is intolerable," Asma Jahangir, head of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, told journalists in the eastern city of Lahore.
Jahangir said the girl was believed to have refused to marry a Taliban commander. The militants then accused her of immoral behavior and ordered 34 lashes as a punishment, Pakistani news reports said.
The video, shot with a cell phone, initially shows the girl, clad in an all-enveloping black burqa, being held by bearded men while another begins striking her. She can be heard shouting for help in the Pashtu language, spoken by most locals in Swat, but is dragged away to another location, held down and flogged. Several dozen people can be seen looking on.
"For God's sake, please stop, stop it," the girl pleads as the whip falls. "I am dying."
Off camera, another militant gives orders: "Hold her feet tightly. Lift her burqa a bit."
spokesman, Muslim Khan, defended the public lashing, saying the girl had engaged in immoral behavior he did not specify. "It happened two months ago, when we were at war with the government," he told reporters in Swat. But local people said the incident had taken place two weeks ago in the village of Kala Kalae.
President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani condemned the flogging and pledged an investigation. The government's former information minister, Sherry Rehman, requested a special session of Parliament to discuss the incident.
Insurgents in the valley, 100 miles north of Islamabad, the capital, struck a truce in February with Pakistani authorities. It called for the Taliban to cease hostilities and the government to permit establishment of Islamic courts.
Jahangir called the flogging a harbinger that the country and its leaders must heed.
"This is not just the flogging of the girl; it is an indication of what is in store for us," she said. "The Taliban are forcing their brand of Islam on us, and we have to resist that."
Some Pakistani religious leaders defended the public whipping.
"The flogging is Islamic, and the punishment is written in the holy Quran," Mufti Munibur Rehman, a leading Muslim scholar, said in a televised debate.
This poor soul was undoubtedly also castrated by the supremacist crazies