From: Dan Ceppa
To: All Apr-12-94 18:04:00
Subject: Fundy Islamics
Saw this news paper article:
CLERIC CLIP MAN'S EFFORT TO AID WOMEN
An API Press report (Don't have the paper's date or name)
Dhaka, Bangladesh --
Fundamentalist Islamic clerics beat a man with shoes and ordered
his head shaved because he ignored their orders to stop
educating illiterate women.
Abdur Rashi's father complained to police about the beating
but no one was arrested, the Banglabazar Patrika newspaper
The clerics accuse most of the 800 volunteer groups operating
in the predominately Muslim nation with bribing peasants to
convert to Christianity and adopt western ways.
The cleric have forced at least 10 men to divorce their
wives for meeting with the groups, which promote education,
self-employment, health care and family planning among women.
Most of Bangladesh's 120 million people are illiterate.
Rashid, a field worker for Friends of Village Development, was
beaten publicly by at least five clerics at Haripur village, 120
miles northeast of Dhaka. He collapsed as the blows rained
His father broke down in tears as he shaved Rashid's head. The
clerics then fined the father $625.
The government of Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has made no move
against the clerics.
I guess there is more than one group that wants to keep it's
people in the dark ages....