Admittedly, it is not the catchiest of post titles, but there comes a point when pixie-eared jauntiness must be laid aside.
The following video was captured on a camera phone, those omnipresent devices that are marking our lives for both good and ill.
In this instance, I would say – for want of a better word in the circumtances – good, for it exposes the ongoing and damnable treatment of women under Taliban rule.
The clip is distressing and beyond forgiveable; the crime of the young lady in question being merely that she was seen in proximity to a married man in the Swat valley of Pakistan.
Loathe as I am to make incongruous and sudden jumps between subject matter, I cannot help but draw a parallel between Natalia’s post of the day and this: men are perpetually deemed as the innocents; women forever the wicked temptresses who must be persecuted and punished in the most violent manner for their crimes.
In this case, the punishment is 37 lashes.
And the man holding her face-down in the dirt is her brother.
Be warned, for it is shocking and distressing to witness how low mankind can sink.