Afghanistan: Hundreds of women jailed for ‘moral crimes’

March 28

ADN Kronos

The US-based organisation called for governments around the world to pressure the Afghan government to free the women detained behind bars mostly after fleeing domestic violence or forced marriage. Some were convicted of zina, or sex outside of marriage, after being raped or forced into prostitution, HRW said in a report released on Wednesday.

“No one should be locked up for fleeing a dangerous situation even if it’s at home. President Karzai and Afghanistan’s allies should act decisively to end this abusive and discriminatory practice,” HRW executive director Kenneth Roth said in a statement posted on the organisation’s website.
The situation for women in Afghanistan has generally improved since the Taliban were overthrown. A 2009 law boosts women’s rights making forced marriage and other acts crimes. But enforcement is weak, especially in rural areas where enforcement is largely up to conservative make tribal elders.

The report said jailed women struggled to find support amid a “dysfunctional criminal justice system.”

 

About Eeyore

Canadian artist and counter-jihad and freedom of speech activist as well as devout Schrödinger's catholic

2 Replies to “Afghanistan: Hundreds of women jailed for ‘moral crimes’”

  1. Not just pressure, the government of Afghanistan should now be regarded as Islamist, criminal and hostile and should be taken out! Enough with this persectution of defenceless women! Time for the final crusade I reckon!
    Ross Lloyd
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