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October 11th, 2012
11:11 AM ET

The power of one young voice

On Wednesday, Piers Morgan looked beyond "Only in America" to acknowledge 14 year-old blogger and human rights activist Malala Yousufazi.

"Malala Yousufazi lives in the notorious Sawat Valley in Pakistan, where the Taliban threaten to behead girls who go to school, study or watch T.V. Showing astonishing courage, intelligence and eloquence, Malala defied the madmen by speaking out for the rights of children, and using the internet to spread her message."

Malala, who won Pakistan's National Peace Award in 2011, was gunned down in a brutal assassination attempt by the Taliban on Monday.

"Of all the despicable acts committed by the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan, has anything quite exceeded their attempts to murder a 14-year-old girl yesterday for speaking out against their brutal activities?" asked Morgan.

A Pakistani Taliban spokesperson left a disturbing remark regarding their attempt at murder saying "If she survives this time, she won't next time."

"Remember those words next time somebody questions what right the American military, together with allied forces, had taking on these evil thugs," said Morgan. "It wasn't just because they harbour terrorists like Al-Qaeda. It was because they think it's fine to murder 14-year-old girls for speaking their mind."

Honoring Malala and her heroic work, Morgan ended the segment with Malala herself and her own words.

"I should raise my voice," said Malala. "Because If I didn’t raise my voice now, so when will I raise my voice?"
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  1. Geeta Gopal Shastri

    Heh Piers don't forget us !!!!!!

    In some Haryana villages in India, the young girls are routinely threatened, abused and killed all under Khap (tribe/clan) verdicts. It is acceptable for the families to feed pesticide pills to the teenage girls and then dispose off their bodies by burning them without any police records.

    October 11, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Priya Mandvi

    Piers about dedicating a whole hour of your show to the atrocities against women in India. We are hurting.


    A recent report by United Press trust of India (UPI) stated that during the past three years more than 2,500 young boys and girls were sacrificed to goddess Kali in India. Another of AFP's recent reports say: hundreds of young boys and virgin girls are sacrificed every month for the deity Kali. In one case Rama Sewak hacked his eight year old son to death in broad daylight in Delhi because goddess Kali had told him he would come back to life and bring him good fortune. Bloodthirsty Kali is worshipped openly the length and breadth of India. Kali's statue stands naked astride the inanimate body of the Hindu deity Shiva, tongue stuck out with blood dripping from fang-like teeth. She holds a noose, a skull-topped staff, a blood-encrusted sword and a severed head. She is also known as Durga, Devi, Shaktima, Uma and Parvathi in other manifestations. The priest of Delhi, Kali Bari, says that a child sacrificed to Kali ensures a man the birth of a son. Human sacrifices are also made to these gods or goddesses, either to appease them or to ask favours of them.

    October 11, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Devi kapoor

    Ain't no sacrifice good enough !!!!

    If the Hindu man's wife dies, he is free to go and find another beautiful woman when he wants. But if the Hindu woman's husband dies, not only is she prohibited to remarry but she should be cremated along with her dead husband ("Sati").

    When His "Holiness" Puri Shankaracharya was asked about the fate of the widow's children, he replied – "it is fate! Let the children suffer or die without a mother. But SATI has to be performed according to Hinduism".

    October 11, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Shriya Rai

    We women are suffering in India......please help us also !!!!!

    ARE INDIANS UBER TERRORISTS OR WHAT???? Forget the GDP, focus on these murder statistics.
    In India, millions of girls are strangled, slowly starved or simply tossed in the trash. Moreover, in India, at least 1,370 girls are aborted every day. As a comparison, some 250 Indians die every day in road accidents. Terrorists killed about six people, on an average, every day in 2009. In the last two decades of economic progress, 10 million girls have died as such in India.
    Indians have killed more human beings (girls particularly) than Al Qaeda and Talibans put together.

    October 11, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • cissyblue

      This is truly shocking for me to realize. I am unable to believe that such huge numbers of people could be involved in such a cultural attrocity of such magnitude. I am saddened once again when I did not think I could know of anything worse. Children are the reason we continue. The little girls lost is too sad to comprehend. Our world is surely fallen.

      October 11, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Katie Oberman

      Shocking ! The Indian ambassador needs to be taken to the woodshed by US Congress.

      October 11, 2012 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Nana

    Why India is bad for women

    October 11, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Sam Drummond

      Stop all visas for Indians coming to USA. We don't want girl bashers and women abusers in America.

      October 11, 2012 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. COG

    Thank you for speaking out for children. Every child has a right to live.

    October 11, 2012 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. sallie

    PRAYERS FOR THE YOUNG GIRL & TO THE WOMEN OF INDIA..../she wants to study medicine/....hiope she has an excellent chance smday..

    October 12, 2012 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. worldcares

    When I was 21, I moved to the U.K. I remember reading of a young girl, from a middle eatern country wanting to marry the man she loved. The pictures in the tabloid showed him being beheaded infront of her. It showed his head on the ground. After that she was killed. That was 36 years ago.

    October 13, 2012 at 4:43 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Jaker, Dublin

    She dared to confront them & she won the argument; & she has now got adults joining in to confront these mindless imbeciles, when all too often in the past adults stood back because of fear...especially in the Muslim world. She also knew there were dangers going into this, because she is an intelligent girl & she wouldn't expect the brainless Taliban to act other than in the uneducated way, they did!

    Please God, she'll survive beyond the present critical stage she finds herself now in...& go on to be that great doctor she wants to be. And maybe in time, she'll be treating the same kind of idiots who attacked her cowardly on a bus coming from or going to school. I bet they'll still be uneducated & she'll be that "Great Doctor"!

    October 13, 2012 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Jaker, Dublin

    I agree India is another country that needs world sanctions & bank freezes worldwide on their government members accounts; then they'll stop the vast mistreatment of Indian women in that country. President Obama that should be on your agenda in January when you start your second term. To the women in & gills in India & abroad fight your corner 7 the world will join in. In too many country's of the world women are treated like second class citizens. That practice must stop; and to the men in those countries, be ashamed of yourselves for being right bullies & cowards against the hurting female gender. Yes, be rightly "Ashamed"!

    October 13, 2012 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Anderson Medina

    Forza Malala, can overcome death too.

    October 14, 2012 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. A Peace Worker

    Although I am not a Muslim
    I can see Malala represents it's forgotten Peaceful Heart

    Whether we are blest by her presence,
    in this world or the next
    her soul is bright enough
    to unite all hearts in Peacefulness.

    In her Diary she speaks only of Peace
    Deepest shame on those who would wave her flag in the name of any war

    October 16, 2012 at 8:43 am | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Maaz Amin

    University Hospital Birmingham, UK (where Malala is getting treatment) has now set up a page for cards and donations for Malala. Here is the URL.

    October 18, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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