01 Apr '12, 1am

Hundreds of Rape Victims and Abused Afghan Women Jailed for "Moral Crimes"

Women who survive rape and domestic abuse face both extreme physical and emotional turmoil. For women in Afghanistan enduring this violence and fleeing for a better life often means imprisonment. According to a new report from Human Rights Watch, “I Had to Run Away,” hundreds of Afghan women have been jailed for “moral crimes” like running away from abusive or forced marriages, or fleeing after being rape, kidnapped, or forced into prostitution. Women who have sex outside of marriage known as “zina”– even when they are forced to – are considered to have committed adultery which is also a “moral crime” that leads to arrest and imprisonment. Judges often convict women who cannot read or write without the presence of a lawyer which makes their “confessions” problematic. The stories of the women and young girls imprisoned are tragic. Take for example, Aisha, 20-years-old, who ...

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