Where Are All Those Marchers And Celebrities?
Take a look on Twitter. And wonder why the thousands of marchers and celebs are not out in their thousands to protest outside the Indonesian Embassy. Not trendy enough? Judge for yourselves after reading below.
Drawing back a cane,a masked man prepares to beat the woman kneeling before him on a stage - as the cheering crowd use their mobile phones to film the barbaric scene for their own entertainment.
Horrifying footage emerged yesterday of the woman being lashed in Indonesia.
She could be heard screaming in agony through her pink headscarf as the man beat her across her shoulders.
When she was hit for a fifth time, her body buckled and she collapsed to the ground as the crowd applauded.
The brutal punishment was handed down by a Sharia law court in Aceh, a semi-autonomous region on the island of Sumatra. It is not known what crime she was accused of.
In the video, the masked man teased the crowd by wiggling the cane near the woman’s back before beating her.
She was seen reaching back with her hand in an attempt to relieve the pain. After she collapsed, she was carried off the stage, unconscious, by three men, who appeared to be paramedics.
The beating, which took place in December 2015, was filmed by spectators and footage was posted on Twitter yesterday by journalist and activist Tarek Fatah, a vocal critic of Sharia.
He wrote, This isn’t Saudi Arabia or Iran. It is Indonesia’s Sharia-ruled Aceh province. Lashing is public entertainment.
Aceh is the only part of Indonesia that applies Sharia in full.
It came a week after a video emerged of a woman being lashed 28 times for having sex outside marriage, also in Aceh. Such punishments are quite common in some Muslim countries - often handed down for very minor reasons. In some places women can be lashed for being in public without a male guardian.
But protests against these countries are rare and when they do take place, there are far fewer demonstrators than the millions who marched against Donald Trump last month.
Yesterday, many expressed outrage online and suggested there are so few protests because the issue is “not trendy” or because it is not politically correct to criticise Muslim countries’ treatment of women.
One woman commented “So cruel and disgusting. This is what we should be protesting about”. Another added: “Where are all the women marchers and celebrities right now? Shouldn’t they be protesting this around the world? Shouldn’t the M.P's be condemning this on Twitter?”
Another wrote: “No women’s rights demonstrations outside the Indonesian Embassy?. Of course not! It is not PC to complain about the Neanderthal treatment of women by Islam.
Makes one think doesn’t it? Don’t you think what the millions have marched for makes Donald Trump look like a Liberal? Why aren’t they out in the same numbers for this barbaric, degrading and cruel treatment of women?
What are your views on this?