The accidental or deliberate burning of copies of the Koran by US troops in Afghanistan has led to violent and fiery protests in Afghanistan and neighbouring Pakistan – http://tinyurl.com/8a6bjgs
At the Oscars the other day, Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy won an award for her documentary ‘Saving Face‘ which deals with the growing problem of acid attacks – primarily by men on women – in Pakistan, often in revenge for spurned sexual advances/marriage proposals or other perceived insult to the man’s ‘honour’ (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acid_throwing)
Pakistan is rightly jubilant. This is the first Oscar they have won. Let’s hope then that the international recognition for ‘Saving Face’ generates more public awareness and condemnation of acid attacks. For there is something distinctly wrong, to me at least, that a society turns a blind eye to women being burned with acid yet gets all het up over a book (no matter how holy) being burned !