"She was killed for violating Islamic teachings." "She was killed for adultery."
A woman and her 6-year-old son were discovered, back in September, with their heads chopped off.
In the western world, this would be considered the work of serial killers- targeting a certain sector of the population, notes attached to the bodies; but here, in the Middle East, it's being blamed on religious fanatics, and those serial killers are being called religious "vigilantes".
Although only 40 women have officially been reported as murdered, police chief Maj. Gen. Jalil Khalaf says
"We believe the number of murdered women is much higher, as cases go unreported by their families who fear reprisal from extremists."
Although westernized males have also been attacked for how they dress, there is no mention of whether they've ended up with their heads separated from the bodies. I would assume not, considering men have a far greater worth than women in that religious culture.
Of course, everyone is pointing fingers- the police chief is blaming it on sectarian violence:
"Those who are behind these atrocities are organized gangs who work under cover of religion, pretending to spread the instructions of Islam, but they are far from this religion,"
And one of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's henchmen blamed
"gangs with foreign support to destabilize the city."In denial, as usual, no-one seems to want to acknowledge that whether the perpetrators are foreign or home-grown the root of the problem is the religion itself.
In some areas of Basra red graffiti splatters the walls with warnings to women who choose to wear makeup and dare to show their locks :
"Your makeup and your decision to forgo the headscarf will bring you death."No make-up and hair or death. How civilized.