Pakistani Girl Shot for Wanting to Learn
October 13, 2012 By Alicia Ramsay

Several suspects were arrested on Friday for the shooting of a 14-year-old Pakistani girl who advocated via blog that a girl has a right to an education in her country.

Malala Yousufzai remains in critical condition at a Rawalpindi hospital after being shot in the neck on a school bus by the Taliban on Tuesday, October 8.

"I have the right of education," she said to a CNN reporter in an interview last November. "I have the right to play. I have the right to sing. I have the right to talk. I have the right to go to market. I have the right to speak up."

Prior to her attack, the teenager came into the spotlight through her blog which highlighted that girls in Pakistan should have the right to learn.

The Taliban is very strict about their policies and Yousufzai's advocacy of education for girls is a violation. Schools for boys are allowed, while those for girls are not.

"I want these people who attacked her to learn that women are not all bad," said one girl to a CNN reporter. "They are basically afraid of giving women equal rights because they're afraid of what women can do because they know they can do a lot."

Although the attack has caused an uproar in Pakistan and abroad, the Taliban is not withholding harsh comments about the incident. They have threatened to murder the teenager if she survives.

"We do not tolerate people like Malala speaking against us," said Taliban spokesman Ihsanullah Ihsan.

After detaining 200 suspects, police has released all but three who gave statements against one suspect.

The suspect has not been arrested but investigators strongly believe he was a part of the attack.

Visitor Comments (1)
Posted By LINGOSO on October 14, 2012
Its funny, when I think of pakistani men, when I pass them on the street with my school bag they must wanna spit in my face and think what nerve I must have to be educated. I think it is pathetic and sad that the country is still stuck in that frame of thinking, they are beyond sexist, we should create a word for them. Who told them that we couldn't or shouldn't be able to do exactly what they can. Its sad that they think a woman should be confined to cooking, cleaning and taking care of children. I wonder what they say, or act like when they watch tv and they get some of our shows from the US where woman are in charge, talking out and down to men. I bet their skin boils in anger, there must be a lot of broken TV's and a lot of Televisions makers out there.
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