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It was so tempting to make the obvious joke after reading the headline, but the news instead made for a very sorry reading. Unless you don’t want to spoil your day, some must-read excerpts :
[.. If they did not do so, the girls would be forcibly married off, the newspaper quoted the 30-year-old widow as saying.
She also said the Taliban in the Swat valley of NWFP have threatened women with dire punishment, if they are found outside their homes without identity cards and a male relative accompanying them. ..]
Couples should also carry ‘Nikah Nama’ or marriage certificates with them when they venture out of home or they will be in trouble, she said.
“I have heard that Taliban have announced that if a girl above the age of seven is found outside her house, she would be slaughtered,” Salma said. ..]
[.. Fazlullah's followers have blown up or torched over 100 girls' schools in Swat and barred women from going to markets...]
[.. "My colleagues were crying when they heard this bad news. Some have aged and handicapped parents while others have lost their male members in the ongoing conflict," she said...]
[.. Bakht Zeba, a 45-year-old woman councillor who was a staunch supporter of girls' education, was murdered on November 25. She was first threatened by Taliban to stop her activities or face dire consequences. When she did not pay heed to the warnings, the Taliban shot her dead in her house...]