Pakistan minorities fear forced conversions to Islam

By Associated Press

LAHORE, PAKISTAN — It was barely 4 a.m. when 19-year-old Rinkal Kumari disappeared from her home in a small village in Pakistan’s southern Sindh province. When her parents awoke they found only her slippers and a scarf outside the door.

A few hours later her father got a call telling him his daughter, a Hindu, had converted to Islam to marry a Muslim boy.

Only days later, Seema Bibi, a Christian woman in the province of Punjab, was kidnapped along with her four children after her husband couldn’t repay a loan to a large landlord. Within hours, her husband was told his wife had converted to Islam and wouldn’t be coming home. Seema Bibi escaped, fled the village and has gone underground with her husband and children.

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Dania: Virginity Test

By Omar Ali

This is a very powerful poem.

This is in reference to the Egyptian army’s practice of subjecting female protesters to so-called “virginity tests”…basically a way to humiliate them and make sure they never dare to protest again.

I know nothing about the poetess. Anyone with more information?

Here is the translation (some people did not think to look in the see more tab on youtube): You couldn’t find the fear you sought in my eyes

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Don’t tell the truth anymore, Taslima

If you tell the truth, people get angry, don’t tell the truth anymore, Taslima

This time is not the time of Gallelio.

This is twenty first century, but society would outcast you if you tell the truth,

Nations would force you to leave their land,

The State would put you in prison, Torture you,

Don’t tell the truth,  Instead, lie.

Say the sun is revolving around the earth,

Say the moon has its own light, like the sun.

Say the mountains are nailed to the earth, so that the earth does not fall off the empty space.

Claim the women are made out of the ribs of men,

Insist one neck-bone of women is crooked,

Vouch all men and women would suddenly wake up from their graves

and rise from the ashes in their youthful splendor,

And that from here, they would go to heaven or hell for eternity

Just lie Taslima.

Say stars, planets and satellites, universe and Gravity are thunderous lies. Also say, men never landed on moon. Simply lie.

If you lie, you would no more be in exile.

You would have a country of your own, you would get friends.

Will be free from your chains, you will see light and the sky.

Nobody will throw you inside the dark, inhuman, dungeon of death,

So never tell the truth, Taslima,

Poetry by: Taslima Nasrin

Adopted from facebook.