Shocking Honor Killing in Denmark
I was reading some blogs today when I came across something that is truly shocking - a photograph of a Pakistani Muslim man shooting dead his younger sister while her injured and helpless husband looks on, in an honor killing. What is even more disturbing is that this execution takes place in broad daylight in a public street in Denmark - in Denmark, that paradise of liberal European society !!! This and other incidents (such as Theo Van Gogh's killing in the Netherlands for highlighting mistreatment of women in the Islamic community), show how Muslim communities have managed to hold on to the most barbaric tribal customs even while living in the midst of the most liberal of societies. If such things can happen in places like Denmark and the Netherlands, which are so open-minded and tolerant, and where the Muslim communities are very small and have every opportunity to get a liberal education, what is the hope that the bulk of the Muslim community in India will ever give up some of its more obscurantist and anachronistic beliefs and practices, and will see itself as part of mainstream Indian society and maybe even aspire to be part of the educated "middle class" ? What is it in the Islamic ideology that promotes this type of thinking and behavior ? And is there any realistic hope of changing the mindset in Islamic communities without large scale violence ?