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The Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences has determined that over ninety percent of Pakistani wives have been struck beaten or abused sexually-for offenses on the order of cooking an unsatisfactory meal or failing to give birth to a male child Daughter-beating and sister-beating is just as routine as wife-beating and psychologically seasons girls to accept such treatment when they are grown SpencerDetailed stories about these beatings enter our households through our evening news programs Images and reports of the treatment of women and girls in Middle Eastern countries including abuse rape and murder have led to a general acceptance that there is indeed a problem It is difficult to ignore the differences between a typical Western woman and a Middle Eastern woman dressed in a burqua Similarly it is hard not to cringe when you hear thatIn March 2007 a 19-year-old Saudi woman received a sentence of 90 lashes Her crime A man threatened to tell her family that they were having an affair unless she met him alone When she did she was kidnapped and repeatedly raped after which her brother beat her because the rapes brought shame to the family Rather than giving her justice a Saudi court sentenced her to be lashed ninety times because she had met a man alone who was not related to her SpencerThe unfairness of this situation is not disputable however the solution is quite controversial There are many other controversies entangled in debating the involvement of the United States in the Middle East including the USs foreign policy and secular versus non secular governments Regardless of other issues the debate of intervention is large and complex enough to stand on its own Is it the teachings of Islam and the Koran that support the mistreatment of women Or is it the nature of Arabic culture that follows traditions of family and gender roles Does the US feel the need to be involved based off of
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