In a Fox talk show on the 24th of June 1999, the guest of the show was asked to comment on the rape of Kosovo victims by Serbs and what she said in response is absolutely unbelievable. The guest said:1. "Arab and Islamic tradition or culture that, if a woman gets raped, it is her fault because she provoked it"
2. "the woman should have killed herself before she got raped"
3. "rape is considered the violation of the man's honor, man's dignity, man's socialist standing, and man's moral standing"
4. "A woman that gets raped should commit suicide, and if she doesn't commit suicide, then she values her own life above the honor of the family"
5. "All over the world in Muslim countries, this is the way things are."
and others..(read report below for transcript)
Any Muslim or Non-Muslim has the common sense to figure out that no religion - definitely not Islam - would have such an attitude to the victim.
The reason why I have highlighted this issue to you is to show you easily people get away with telling such offensive and false statements about this very misunderstood religion. This is on national media - these false statements are going to breed hatred in people who know little about Islam as it is.
Men and women are equal in Islam and if one has any doubts about this, one should go directly to the source - the Holy Quran. You will not find a single statement that supports Darabi's claims (she claims to have studied the Quran!) You will find the entire translation of the Quran in 17 languages here and you can read about the rights of women here.
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AMERICAN MUSLIM MEDIA WATCH - 6/27/99
FOX TALK SHOW GUEST SAYS ISLAM FORCES RAPE VICTIMS TO COMMIT SUICIDE
"UNRESOLVED PROBLEMS: RAPE IN KOSOVO"
Fox News: Bill O'Reilly, The O'Reilly Factor, 6/24/1999
O'REILLY: In the Unresolved Problems Segment tonight, American FBI agents have now arrived in the Balkans to document war crimes, and one of those crimes is rape, much of it allegedly done by the occupying Serb army and the police. But when a woman is raped in Kosovo, in the Balkans, she is not only a victim. She can become an outcast.
Joining us now from Sacramento is Parvin Darabi, the author of the book "Rage Against the Veil."
Explain to us among Muslim Kosovar women what is the problem as far as saying, "Look, I just got violated. It was a terrible crime committed against me." Why can't that happen as it does happen in the West?
PARVIN DARABI, DR. HOMA DARABI FOUNDATION: Well, the problem comes from the Arab and Islamic tradition or culture that, if a woman gets raped, it is her fault because she provoked it or she was somehow involved in this.
O'REILLY: But that can't possibly be the mindset in Kosovo where everyone knows the Serb army was in charge in brutalizing the people. How could anyone think that?
DARABI: Well, the thing is that the woman should have killed herself before she got raped because rape is considered the violation of the man's honor, man's dignity, man's socialist standing, and man's moral standing. Everything with the man has to do -- is linked to the woman's vagina, and that...
O'REILLY: But sure -- OK, but surely -- surely any clear-thinking human being would know it's not the woman's fault if soldiers drag her away. Surely they would know that.
DARABI: Well -- but this is also in the Islamic tradition. A woman that gets raped should commit suicide, and if she doesn't commit suicide, then she values her own life above the honor of the family.
O'REILLY: So, Ms. Darabi, you're saying to me that women are expected to commit suicide if they are raped by...
DARABI: Exactly. Exactly. It is -- it's the worst thing that can happen. This -- because a woman -- like, for instance, if a woman gets cancer, then that is something done to her alone, and she dies. But when she gets raped, she has done something to the whole family, to the family honor, to the family dignity, to the family socialist standing, and so on and so forth. So, if she can then commit suicide, then she would wash this shame off with her blood, and then the family can restore their dignity.
O'REILLY: Are you -- are you telling me that in the world today that this is the predominant thinking in Muslim countries all over the world?
DARABI: All over the world in Muslim countries, this is the way things are.
DARABI: Women should protect their vagina in a...
O'REILLY: Until the death.
DARABI: Until the death...
WHO IS PARVIN DARABI?
"...Rage Against the Veil, by Parvin Darabi and Romin P. Thomson (Prometheus Books, $26.95)
"Homa Darabi [sister of Parvin Darabi] was a respected psychiatrist and professor whose devotion to her country was the death of her. Subtitled 'The Courageous Life and Death of an Islamic Dissident,' this book is a very personal and emotional portrait of a woman who began her adult life with fearless determination and ended it in despair. In the view of the author, her sister, it was the smothering unfairness of Islamic fundamentalist rule in Iran that wore her down... Parvin Darabi also has established a foundation in her sister's name..."
Protest Successful: Fox invites CAIR for Rebuttal
O'Reilly has responded to public appeals and has invited Nihad Nawad of CAIR to the show. Please read O Reilly's e-mail below.
It's our apathy which is partly to blame for our bad reputation. Who said speaking up and protesting never works? Well done everyone - especially the ones who wrote in to express their objections!
>From: "OReilly, Bill" <bill.oreilly@FOXNEWS.COM>
>To: "'FAREENA ALAM'" <email@example.com>
>Subject: RE: READER FEEDBACK
>Date: Tue, 29 Jun 1999 11:44:10 -0400
>Thank you for your letter.
>We will be presenting a rebuttal to that segment tomorrow, Wednesday, June 30th.
>Our guest will be Nihad Awad, Executive Director of the Council On
>The show will air at 8pm Eastern (5 Pacific) and again at 1 am Eastern (10
>Pacific) on Fox News Channel.
>Again, Thank you for writing.