Thursday, October 21, 2010


CNN - Last week, an Afghan teenager who said her nose was cut off by her husband to punish her for running away has stepped out in public for the first time with a temporary prosthetic. The 19-year-old woman, identified only as Aisha, gained worldwide attention when she appeared on the Aug. 9 cover of Time magazine. She made her first public appearance at a gala hosted by the Grossman Burn Foundation in Los Angeles, which is in charge of her reconstructive surgery. Ms. Bibi Aisha, whose controversial cover photograph in Time magazine shocked audiences worldwide in July, travelled to the United States following her contact with Time, and in addition to receiving reconstructive surgery. When she was only 12 years old, Ms. Aisha was said to have been promised in marriage to a Taliban fighter by her father, and when she was 14 she was sent to live with him. She was abused and treated harshly, being “forced to sleep with the animals”.

In addition to that, her husband and his brother were said to have attacked her and cut off her nose and ears as she was held down as punishment for having fled the home. Following the attack, which was said to have occurred “as other Taliban militants watched” ... “I passed out… In the middle of the night it felt like there was cold water in my nose…” which in fact was her own blood. There was “so much of it, [that] I couldn’t even see…”, she had said. While she said that she had been left on the mountainside to die, she survived and managed to reach her grandfather’s home. From there she was taken to a U.S. military medical centre and finally brought to the U.S. She received the Enduring Heart award of the foundation that helped her. Doctors hope for a more “permanent solution” which would mean using bone, tissue and cartilage from Aisha to reconstruct her nose and ears.

Aisha, now 19, told Time her nose and ears were cut off by her violent Taliban husband when she'd tried to escape being abused in her home. In many places, we are witnessing similar barbaric behaviors, and it doesn't matter if this happens in a Taliban, a Christian, a Hindu, a Communist, a Socialist or a Capitalist society. By leaving the path given by God, we are committing many kinds of iniquities. In the glorious days, or before the advent of the age of Kali, the brāhmanas, the cows, the women, the children and the old men were properly given protection. However, in this age of Kali such innocent creatures are not properly protected since our civilization is ruled by different types of asuras without mercy.

Krishna appears in this world for two purposes, paritranaya sadhunam vinasaya ca duskrtam: to protect the innocent, religious devotees of the Lord and to annihilate all the uneducated, uncultured asuras, who unnecessarily bark like dogs and fight among themselves for political power. ... Kamsa has here been described as asabhya, meaning “uncivilized” or “most heinous,” because he killed the many children of his sister. When he heard the prophecy that he would be killed by her eighth son, this uncivilized man, Kamsa, was immediately ready to kill his innocent sister on the occasion of her marriage. An uncivilized man can do anything for the satisfaction of his senses. He can kill children, he can kill cows, he can kill brahmanas, he can kill old men; he has no mercy for anyone. According to the Vedic civilization, cows, women, children, old men and brahmanas should be excused if they are at fault. But asuras, uncivilized men, do not care about that. At the present moment, the killing of cows and the killing of children is going on unrestrictedly, and therefore this civilization is not at all human, and those who are conducting this condemned civilization are uncivilized asuras.

Śrīla A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda :
“The Śrīmad Bhāgavatam”
Purport in Canto 10, Chapter 3:
“The Birth of Lord Krishna” - Text 21-22.

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