Afghan boy rape rampant

At last the truth comes out. People have been reporting on this depravity for years, decades and centuries. Yet, nothing ever changes: Boy rape is so endemic to Afghanistan and other places that it has become institutionalized.

This appalling disgrace goes on day after day, from the lowest levels of society to the highest, with officials of all manner engaging in it.

A significant part of the fault of boy rape lies with Islam. Partially to blame are the culture and environment—the ruggedness and brutality of the Afghan landscape manifests itself in its people. Entirely at fault, of course, would be the Almighty God and Lord of the Cosmos, were theism to be considered a “reality.”

If so, God is responsible not only for allowing such evil to occur but also for creating such a creature in the first place who would attack a young child, hold him down, and violently and savagely penetrate his small body.

Canadian soldier traumatized

With such heinous images in mind, I can fully understand the trauma suffered by a young soldier who is speaking out against what he saw in Afghanistan. Former Canadian corporal Travis Schouten has broken the disturbing silence about this outrage tolerated by the world, by relating his eyewitness accounts of boy rape and the “tip of the iceberg” under which “lies the systemic sexual abuse of boys at the hands of Afghanistan’s police and army.”

Schouten’s allegations—which are undoubtedly true, based on a long history of this behavior reported by many others over the centuries—have been dismissed. Yet, as The Province reports:

Army officers also met in 2007 to discuss the issue of Afghan security personnel “having anal sex with young boys” but their main concern was the media would somehow find out.

To justify complicity in not stopping these atrocious practices, we hear of a lame excuse:

Others in the military note they were told such practices were an age-old part of Afghan culture. One soldier who e-mailed Canwest News Service stated he served at the same base at another time and troops had orders to stop any rapes. But he also noted they were told the practise of “Man Love Thursdays,” as it was called, involved consenting Afghans and no one was raped by older men. The children involved were given small gifts or money in return for sex, soldiers said.

There are several astonishing aspects to this paragraph, including the admission not only that such boy rape exists and is widely practiced as a virtual cultural institution, but also that this derangement has been occurring for ages, somehow justified all the time by the morally numbed brain because the children involved were “rewarded” for serving this perverted need.

In nauseating detail, Schouten related other encounters with this horrendous abuse of children:

And not all Afghans are so accepting of what some claim is tradition. Afghan villagers this summer complained to British troops in Helmand province that Afghan police were abducting children to be used for sex.

Last year also saw an extremely rare event; three Afghan police officers who gang-raped a 12-year-old boy and his father were sent to prison.

Although reports in a Toronto newspaper noted that Schouten saw the aftermath of the attack on a young boy, he said that is not accurate. He actually entered the headquarters and witnessed two Afghan security personnel sodomizing the child. “I walked in and they were raping a kid,” he recalled. “The kid was bleeding. They guy with the camo fatigues had a knife in his hand.”…

Afterward, he was approached by an Afghan interpreter who worked with troops. The man had with him a couple of five-year-old boys who had also been allowed on the Canadian base. “He brought up the fact he likes to rape little boys,” Schouten said. “He’s telling me how he likes to use a knife on them.”

Boy rape in Afghanistan dates back many centuries, having been recorded by the Italian traveler Marco Polo, for one, but undoubtedly reaching back much farther in time. Islamic practice is largely to blame for this savagery, because the oppression of women to the point where men can only find sexual “outlets”—for, a mere “outlet” is what people shaped by ruggedness and brutality consider sex to be, as they can rarely engage in its higher intricacies, and true love is scarce—in boys and animals.

Islamic oppression responsible

Whether or not the abuse predates the faith in Afghanistan, boy rape is exacerbated by Islam, because the latter discourages normal, healthy relationships with women. As much has been said repeatedly over the years by a number of male inhabitants of Afghanistan and elsewhere: To wit, they say that because there is no access to women, they have sex with each other. In Dubai, one Arab Muslim essentially stated that his homosexuality was due to Islamic laws prohibiting contact with women:

In Saudi, it’s hard to be straight when you’re young. The women are shut away so everyone has gay sex. But they only want to have sex with boys—15- to 21-year-olds. I’m 27, so I’m too old now.

This conclusion concerning much homosexuality as rooted in the segregation of genders would seem to make perfect sense to those possessed of a logical and rational mind.

The widespread practice of boy rape can be seen manifested in such traditions as “bacha bazi,” meaning “boy for play.” These “boys for play” are essentially sex slaves to powerful and rich Afghan men. Although they banned the overt practice of bacha bazi and committed cruel and brutal public punishments against suspected “homosexuals,” the Taliban are notorious for privately and hypocritically engaging in “play” with boys.

While the world coddles Islamist sensibilities and tolerates “cultural differences,” what about all these poor boys? Where does this chain of violence and abuse end? Raped boys become rapists—are we now so numbed to atrocity and so “politically correct” that we can forget the screams of the boys as they are held against their wills and brutalized by angry individuals who themselves were no doubt likewise violated? The children of the world—and all sensate, moral individuals—demand that this institutionalized baseness, cruelty and criminality be stopped.

Sources & Further Reading

Former Canadian soldier speaks out against ‘disgusting’ child rape in Afghanistan
The dancing boys of Afghanistan
The dark side of Dubai
Freethought Nation News & Commentary

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  43. jairam

    It’s sad and one of the main reasons for the masochistic warped culture of Afghanistan. This is a vicious cycle in which the abused children grow up to become abusers themselves. I remember reading somewhere in a psychology journal that most sexual deviants had been themselves abused as children. It’s been common knowledge about Afghan culture for some time now.

  44. rationalist

    Yuk… Islam promotes paedophilia, baccha bazi, slaughter, suppression, and what not.

  45. Vikram Madan

    Hi Acharya,

    This is absolutely horrifying. It is reading about such henious crimes that was partially responsible for me delving into texts like Advaita Vedanta.

    To search for answers as to how is it that life can slip to such levels.

    On one extreme we have these Afghan Soldiers, but on the other extreme we have people like Eckhart Tolle walking this earth too.

    If both are 'life' then how can one product of life slip to such levels but the other cannot, no matter what.

    I hope to find answers to such questions, practical answers. There have to exist answers that make sense.
    From the perspective of earthly existence. And from the perspective of cosmic existence.

    I believe that such answers exist. Perfect, rock solid answers that can pass any test. Absolutely.

  46. Arhata

    Rape of anyone of course is wrong but, if it minimizes rape of women it's the better of the two choices.
    When we started the war in '01 there were kids (boys) who are now men and soon more. Men are close to savages in most countries.

  47. sisha

    I dont agree with previous comment no.23625.No one is to be used as sex slave.We are supposed to be Humans with intellect to discriminate between good and bad ,right and wrong and with control over feelings.There are enough texts to tell us what good conduct is.This is what happens when the mind gets warped by wrong teaching-like rape is ok if there are no witnesses.,you get Houris and gilman in heaven as REWARD or it is ok to pay for sex.!I feel so sorry for the helpless boys whose childhood has been destroyed in this way as for the women who are treated as brainless creatures existing only for gratification of all kinds of physical needs a Man would have. They not only treat the victims in a subhuman way but also themselves by OKing such behaviour.

  48. Natassia

    Terrible stories…although not surprising. Homosexuality is rampant in Islamic countries despite claims to the contrary from leaders like Ahmadinajad. I pray for the safety of the children in Afghanistan and the healing for the boys and young men scarred by such atrocities.

    I was disappointed to note the scathing anti-theist sentiments in the article, though. To try to rationalize that if there was a God then He wouldn't allow such things to happen is irrational. That assertion requires the application of multiple logical fallacies. This universe is a dangerous place and no friend to Man full of deadly creatures, poisonous gases, and extreme temperatures, not to mention extraterrestrial bodies (asteroids, etc.) that could easily wipe out the entire human race if the earth were to end up their trajectories. To imply that if there were a God, then atrocities like rape would not exist is ridiculous. There are animals that rape one another–I walked in on my cat screaming as my pet rabbit attempted to do just that. Humans are the only creatures on this planet with a sense of right and wrong. And when some humans choose to do the wrong thing, such as rape boys, how then is that "proof" that God does not exist? What a ridiculous assertion. If anything, it proves how evil and ungodly we are. Without a God, then morality is simply relative, and for the author to assert that these rapists are "evil" he or she would first have to prove that evil is anything absolute. For example, if a little boy "consents" to be "raped" for money, then why is that "evil"?

    I know it is evil because there is a God who has instilled within us a conscience and given us basic laws regarding sexual morality and how we should treat one another.

    Without a God, the author's assertion that rape is evil is based on flimsy foundations of feelings and moral relativity. Bah. You want to slam Islam? Do it with God, not without. An atheist cannot prove anything is absolutely "evil" or "good" without Him.

  49. Kenneth

    Being evil or being good has nothing to do with a mythological being. It is part of the human psyche implanted by either parents or other influential grown ups in a child's life. Which manifests when that child grows up themselves.

  50. Thank you. I stand by my logical statement that God, if real, is ultimately responsible for this hideous pathology, as "he" could stop it at any time, being omnipotent.

    Theists are constantly making excuses for their all-powerful God. I am neither theist nor atheist. I deal with reality in the moment, and such excuses – as well as the misrepresentation of my position and the straw man attack on it – do not endear me (or many other students of logic) to the theistic position.

    Assuming a priori that there is a god and then making excuses for that god – which you are setting up as a personified MAN, by the use of the word "He" and "Him" – is not a truthful thought process. Your message descended in proselytizing, pure and simple.

    If you want to be factual and truthful about an issue, don't bring your religious biases into the picture. A theist holding up one god over another is not effective at all, especially as concerns Islam, because many Muslim apologists instantly attack critics as "Christians" and "Jews," whose opinions are biased and thereby easy to dismiss.

    Being none of the above allows me to look at the picture from the outside.

  51. akhter

    was it not the Roman and the Greeks who passed this tradition on!!


  52. S.ali

    Excuse me mate, but if you want to blame Islam it really doesn't stand well as an argument. Why are these men raping boys then? why not just have homosexual relations with grown consenting men?

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