Wednesday 7 December 2016

Collusion of community, religion and State spawned true horrors

Politicians ignore graves of dead babies yet protect the right to life of the unborn

Published 01/06/2014 | 02:30

STIGMA: The interior of the now derelict Sisters of Our Lady of Charity Magdalene Laundry on Sean McDermott Street in Dublin’s north inner city. Nuns of orders who ran these institutions complain that they are being blamed for meeting a need in society. Photo: Julien Behal/PA Wire
STIGMA: The interior of the now derelict Sisters of Our Lady of Charity Magdalene Laundry on Sean McDermott Street in Dublin’s north inner city. Nuns of orders who ran these institutions complain that they are being blamed for meeting a need in society. Photo: Julien Behal/PA Wire

"The more you know of your history, the more liberated you are." Maya Angelou

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It was like something from a Stephen King horror film. In broad daylight, outside the High Court in Lahore, Pakistan, Farzana Parveen was stoned to death by members of her own family in full view of a crowd of onlookers – including members of the police force. Her unborn baby died with her. Even worse, her widower admitted to murdering his first wife but, as he was forgiven by her family, Pakistan's 'blood laws' ensured he escaped justice – just as Farzana's killers probably will. Yes, I know, it's horrific, barbaric and obscene. But thousands of these 'honour killings' occur each year in religion- based cultures. This is what happens when communities, clerics and the state collude to control female behaviour.

We had news of our own Stephen King horror story last week in Ireland. One which also involved allegedly 'wanton women', dead babies and the collusion of community and country. What? You though we were different, did you? You thought wrong.

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