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Afghanistan: 400 Women Held For "Moral Crimes"

Posted by The Agonist on March 28th, 2012

From our partners at The Agonist

I know it’s been said dozens, if not hundreds, of time already – but the notion that the Western invasion and occupation of Afghanistan has been good for women’s rights there really is ridiculous tosh.

Via Think Progress:

Approximately 400 women and girls are currently imprisoned for “moral crimes” in Afghanistan, says a new report released today by Human Rights Watch (HRW). The report finds that almost all girls in juvenile detention in Afghanistan had been arrested for “moral crimes” which usually involved escaping from unlawful forced marriage or domestic violence.

Some women and girls have been convicted of “zina,” sex outside of marriage, after being raped or forced into prostitution.

“It is shocking that 10 years after the overthrow of the Taliban, women and girls are still imprisoned for running away from domestic violence or forced marriage,” said Kenneth Roth, executive director of HRW. “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

And of course neither President Karzai nor Afghanistan’s Western “allies” will do a damn thing. Karzai because he needs the traditionalist, misogynist bloc to hang on to power and his head (and probably agrees with them on this), those allies because they give lip service to women’s rights right up until they clash with more “important” things like permanent bases in the region and perpetuating the welfare service to the US military-industrial complex that the Afghan occupation has provided.

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