Thursday, 21 February 2013

"The 'leftover' girls: Afghanistan defines official age for females being left on the shelf as 13"

From The Daily Mail:

Afghanistan has upset its young female population by labelling those who have not been married off by the time they are 12 as 'left over girls'.

The Islamic government ordered its All-Afghanistan Women's Federation to use the derogatory term in several stinging articles about the growing number of uneducated, urban and single females aged 13 or over who have 'failed' to find a husband and are now  deemed 'undesirable'.

'Pretty girls do not need a lot of education to be married into a rich and powerful family. But girls with an average or ugly appearance will find it difficult and will probably be sold to slave traders,' reads one article titled 'Leftover Women Do Not Deserve Our Sympathy'...

The conservative country is going under rapid changes with more girls shunning the tradition of being forcibly married and raising a family early. But the government wants to shame them into marrying young to counter the growing and serious gender imbalance among the of 35 million population.

Selective abortions means far more males are born than females - 1,392 boys to 100 girls. The government is also worried that hordes of unmarried men roaming the country could spark social havoc.

6 comments:

Graeme said...

a worrying pattern is emerging - millions of chinese males with no one to mate with - and thus slave brides. And now the same thing with Afghans. Is the world really awash with unattached young women? if it were true.....Bring it on!!!!

Barnacle Bill said...

With that sort of population unbalance - 1392 males to 100 females - I wonder if it would have been cheaper to just have built a wall around Afghanistan and let Nature take it's course?

Mark Wadsworth said...

G, yes, if we had a points based immigration system, then surely "being female" should earn you about 1,000 extra points. Another 500 if you're pretty.

BB, yes, good plan. Any culture which kills baby girls just for being girls deserves to die out.

Bayard said...

I have always thought that a pill that derermined the sex of your baby would wipe out world over-population in two generations.

Richard Allan said...

Bayard, that was the plot of "The Rainbow Cadenza" by J. Neil Schulman.

Bayard said...

RA, what happened in that scenario?