29/12/2011

Five Months In A Toilet

A shocking headline from international news: "Teen wife locked in toilet for five months".

I read and thought, "Imagine how much reading she must've got done." I think most blokes would like the idea of five months in a toilet. It's the one room in the house where you can get some peace and quiet. And it's the one room that's lockable.

But the details of the actual story is far more depressing. It was a 15-year-old who was forced to stay in the bathroom. A 15-year-old girl, of course. A 15-year-old boy would spend five months in the bathroom as soon as the new Grattans catalogue arrived.

Afghan police rescued the girl who was locked up in a toilet for more than five months after she defied her in-laws who tried to force her into prostitution.

Sadly this is a sign that the country still doesn't have a correct attitude to women. It's shocking that in the modern day so many women live such horrible lives because they're not valued in their society.

Still, I write this in a country whose BBC puts a panda on it's Women Of The Year list, so I don't have the high ground here.

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