One aspect of radical Islamist aggression that is overlooked – or purposely ignored – by Western liberals is that non-Muslim women tend to be its greatest victims. According to a recent Open Doors study, "Christian women are among the most violated in the world, in maybe a way that we haven't seen before." The study revealed that six women are raped every day simply for being Christian.
The reason for this is simple. As harsh as Islamic law (sharia) is for men, it is even more so for women. The Koran gives men the authority to beat women for disobedience (4:34), that the testimony of two women equals that of one man (2:282); most of hell's population consists of women; and women are likened to donkeys and dogs for distracting men from and annulling their prayer.
Such injustice for women is confirmed by a newly released report for the UK government on the application of sharia law in England and Wales – a report that reveals the "systemic discrimination against women."
If Muslim women are viewed and treated as inferiors by radical Islamists, non-Muslim – "infidel" – women are, doubly so. They are seen as even more despicable than their male counterparts. Add to this the sexual subjugation of permitted beatings (Koran 4:34) and sex-on-demand, and it becomes clear why they are the greatest recipients of Islamic abuse -- "meant for one thing, the pleasure of the Muslim man," as one Muslim told a group of Christian girls, before terrorizing and murdering one of them. Koranic verses such as 4:24 seem to have encouraged the sexual enslavement of non-Muslim women in the context of jihad.
A victim of an acid attack. Many Islamists treat "infidel" women as if they are subhuman. Photo: Wikipedia.
The treatment of non-Muslim women as subhuman by jihadi organizations, such as ISIS or Boko Haram in Nigeria -- where "infidel" females are bought, sold, gang-raped, mutilated, dismembered and burned alive — is relatively well known from ISIS videos. Less well known is that many of these practices are still taking place, often rampantly, across the Muslim world, as a 2016 report revealed:
"Unfortunately, more and more women are the target of [Muslim] terrorist groups. There are numerous international incidents of women being kidnapped, raped, and forced to convert from Christianity to Islam by radical extremist groups.... Many are also sold on the open market. This brutality is not only occurring in the Middle East but in Africa and in many other places. In many of these countries, women are subject to persecution because they are considered second-class citizens because of their gender. As minorities in both gender and faith, Christian women face double the persecution. Although we don't have an exact number, we know that millions of women are being persecuted.... In these Muslim-dominated countries, Christian women are systematically deprived of their freedom to live and are denied basic human necessities."
According to a 2014 report, approximately 700 Christian and 300 Hindu girls are abducted, enslaved and raped in Pakistan every year. These are extremely large numbers, considering that Christians and Hindus each make up a mere 1% of the country's Muslim-majority population. After a nine-year-old Christian girl was raped by a Muslim man who boasted of having "done the same service to other young Christian girls," local residents recounted:
"Such incidents occur frequently. Christian girls are considered goods to be damaged at leisure. Abusing them is a right. According to the [Muslim] community's mentality it is not even a crime. Muslims regard them as spoils of war."
Unsurprisingly, then, as the number of Muslim migrants grows in Europe, the subhuman treatment and sexual abuse of "infidel" women once relegated to Third World Muslim nations is becoming a common fixture also in the West, as here and here.
Just as Christian girls in Pakistan are seen as "meant for one thing, the pleasure of the Muslim man," so are Christian women in Europe seen by Muslim migrants to be "there for sex," as one such migrant who stalked and groped a woman in Germany said to her face.
As a recent Voice of Europe report stated, even when some 1,000 women were sexually assaulted by Muslim migrants in Cologne,
"The reaction of the media, which professes to care about women's rights and well-being, was censorship and burying the news. This is the same reaction most Western media has in the face of migrant crime waves: Witnesses were silenced or ignored and the media didn't take its responsibility to report the truth seriously.... The exact same thing unsurprisingly happened in Sweden, a country that was once a feminist's paradise, where women enjoyed unprecedented liberty and hyper-equality, now known for its sex crimes and gang rapes."
The report -- titled, "Rape, murder and misogyny: The real victims of the migrant crisis are Europe's women" -- provides a few choice examples:
- In Austria: A 72-year-old grandmother was raped by an Afghan minor; as a result she lost the will to live [and died].
- In Belgium: A young girl was drugged and raped by a migrant after she asked the way to the station.
- In France: Two teens were stabbed to death by a migrant in Marseille.
- In Germany: A 19-year-old student was raped and murdered by an Afghan migrant.
- In Germany: A 17-year-old girl was stabbed to death after quitting her relationship with a migrant.
- In Italy: A Polish woman was gang raped by four migrants in Rimini.
- In the Netherlands: A young girl was raped and almost drowned by an asylum seeker in Kampen.
- In the Netherlands: A woman was gang raped by a group of Africans.
- In Sweden: A girl was stabbed to death after rejecting an asylum seeker.
- In Sweden: A woman in a wheelchair was gang raped by a group of migrants.
- In Switzerland: Six women were sexually assaulted by "dark skinned" men.
- In the UK: Muslim Grooming gangs targeting white girls have been around for decades.
Such incidents explain why a product introduced in Germany – women's underwear with rape alarms -- was sold out of stores almost as soon as it arrived.
Had these acts been "committed under any other circumstances," the Voice of Europe assessed,
"They would have been classed as either war crimes or crimes against humanity...It is clear that the real victims of the migrant crisis are Europe's women: They are quickly losing the freedom they fought for and are clear targets for guests who have been accepted into our societies."
To put it differently, all the Hollywood stars, militant feminists and social-justice warriors who are forever raging against "sexism" in the West — but who have nothing to say about Islam's female victims — are not "defenders of women's rights," but "useful idiots" dedicated to subverting Western civilization no less than the terrorists they have been apologizing and covering for.
Raymond Ibrahim, author of Crucified Again: Exposing Islam's New War in Christians (a Gatestone Publication, published by Regnery, April 2013), is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center and Judith Friedman Rosen Writing Fellow at the Middle East Forum.