According to BBC, a 22-year-old Afghan woman known as Stori was strangled to death after giving birth to a third daughter. Allegedly her mother-in-law and husband were involved in her death. The mother-in-law has been arrested; however, her husband, who is a member of local militia, has fled.
In many countries, having boys are more valuable than girls. The birth of a son is celebrated, while the birth of a girl is considered a burden. This can be seen in countries such as China, where the one child per family rule has created a disproportionate number of boys to girls.
In Afghanistan, it is no different: men are valued, while women are not.
To me, this rationale is absurd. Men and women are equal under law for a reason. While we possess different characteristics and are valued for different reasons, we are both still valued and valued equally under the law. While this is very generalized and simplified, men are stronger, more aggressive and generally better at manual labor; while women are the caregivers, pragmatic and generally more nurturing. We each have a role in society- an important role that coincides with the other gender’s role. We cannot live without the other one (as much as we might want to).
This is why this line of reason- that men are more valuable than women- is an out-of-date, barbaric notion that is used to constrain women and is used as an excuse for the murder of so many
I am glad that “local religious and tribal elders in the district…condemned the killing, saying it was an act of ignorance, and calling it a crime against Islam, humanity and women.” females. This shows progress- but progress is not enough.
People who commit such atrocious acts- whether motivated by the gender divide or some other notion- need to be persecuted to the highest extent of the law because there is no justifiable excuse for committing such a crime.
How many more lives need to be lost before people realize that women are equal to men?