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Freed Afghan Rape Victim Has To Marry Rapist

From the Agence France-Presse:

Afghan rape victim freed from jail, to marry attacker

By Usman Sharifi
December 1, 2011

The Afghan President Hamid Karzai has ordered the release of a woman who was jailed for adultery after being raped…

Hooray.

– But she now faces having to marry her attacker, officials said.

Oh.

The move came after some 5,000 people signed a petition for the release of the woman, named Gulnaz, who has served two years in prison after a relative raped her at her home. She has been raising the child she had by her attacker in a prison cell in Kabul.

So she was also punished with a child. Still, it could have been worse. Usually women who are privileged to live under Sharia Law get horse-whipped for being raped.

The case again highlights the poor state of women’s rights in Afghanistan, 10 years after a US-led invasion ousted the Taliban who were notorious for their harsh laws against women.

Notice how we are supposed to shake our heads at this happening after we have been in Afghanistan for ten years. Even though the media does everything in its power to undermine our influence there.

Elsewhere in Afghanistan on Thursday, it emerged that a teenage girl and her family were sprayed with acid after apparently rejecting a marriage proposal for her

Just another of the courtship rituals from the Religion Of Peace.

Following the outcry over Gulnaz’s case, Karzai called a meeting where judicial officials decided to pardon her, said presidential spokesman Aimal Faizi.

After she had already been in prison for two years.

But the officials also said that Gulnaz should marry the man who attacked her, due to fears she could be in danger if released because of the stigma surrounding her attack in Afghanistan.

She consented to the union, Faizi said.

"She agreed to the marriage but only if his (the attacker’s) sister marries Gulnaz’s brother," the spokesman added, explaining that this was a way to try and ensure Gulnaz was not attacked by the man in future.

Faizi insisted that her release from prison was not dependent on her agreeing to marry her attacker.

Huh? Who can follow the logic in any of this?

Violence against women in Afghanistan appears to be increasing rather than decreasing, despite billions of dollars of international aid which has poured into the country during the decade-long war.

The Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission logged 1,026 cases of violence against women in the second quarter of 2011 compared with 2,700 cases for the whole of 2010.

Some 87 percent of Afghan women report having experienced physical, sexual or psychological violence or forced marriage, according to figures quoted in an October report by the charity Oxfam…

And thanks to the wonderful Arab Spring, women in Tunisia and Egypt and Libya will soon be facing a similar fate.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, December 2nd, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Freed Afghan Rape Victim Has To Marry Rapist”

  1. Mithrandir

    This is exactly why you don’t get caught up with people like this. Only in Afghanistan (Ok, and Zimbabwe) can the victim be jailed, then stigmatized, and then marry the attacker IF the attacker’s family member agrees to marry one of your family members……
    –I was only in favor of the military blasting the heck out of the Taliban, and leaving until the next round of dirtbags that rise up, needs to be culled.

    My old g/f worked at the Salvation Army, but after seeing stories like this: http://nation.foxnews.com/home.....y-children
    on a daily basis, she quit in disgust. E.g.: Women with 9 kids and 8 different fathers, and worse.

    Like I said, you don’t get sucked into people and situations in which they make One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest mental patients, look like members of Mensa.

  2. tranquil.night

    I guess “American Muslim” still isn’t a big hit over there yet.

  3. P. Aaron

    Meanwhile, NOW goes after Sarah Palin for raising her own kids and working!

  4. The Redneck

    I’m not speaking in favor of islam here, but I do understand why she wanted her rapists’ sister to marry her brother. Basically, it gives her a hostage.

    “You mistreat me, and I’ll tell my brother about it–you know, the guy who has the power of life and death over your sister.”

    I still think what we need to do is get some kind of underground railroad going to get women ~out~ of hellhole countries like that.




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