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Jailed for Moral Crime

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Women are the in the most vulnerable condition in the world. It is obvious in the war times. Even after the war, they continue to suffer the most.

They endure the unbearable sufferings in post war situation in addition to the war time state of affairs. This is true to every region around the global. Being not the cause of the war, they are worst victims of the war. All of their rights are subject to violation in war ravaged country. Afghanistan is an archetype of this veracity.

Afghanistan is one of those countries where women’s human rights have been made subservient to the mercy of the authority since the Taliban regime. An US model of war against terrorism and fundamentalism was waged in this region to restore democracy and human rights. But the condition of human rights has not been changed yet.

For long since, the state authority has been the biggest threat to the promotion and protection of human rights of the women Afghanistan. There the local militias were the accused for torture and arbitrary arrest and killings. War has destructed their properties, honor and lives. All other secondary human rights are far away to realize.

Human Rights Watch reported on 28th March 2012 that around 400 women and girls are imprisoned in that country for their alleged ‘moral crimes’. The report also urged the international human rights watch group to press the Afghan government to release the victims of human rights violations.

The girls and women detained in juvenile detention centers in Afghanistan were arrested for so called crimes of ‘running away’. More astonishing of these all, is that half of the women arrested in Afghan jails are for these so-called moral crimes as well.

Violence against women in Afghanistan is pervasive and persistent. Torture for various causes towards women is increasing with impunity in the country. All forms of domestic violence in Afghanistan are also alarmingly on the rise for lack of justice to them.

Marriage against the will of the girls is very often in country. Child marriage is most popular form of marriage in Afghanistan. So, the idea of human rights of women in Afghanistan is rhetoric rather a reality.

Women face violence at home before and after marriage. They are the subject of violence and torture at the homes of their parents and in-laws. In most cases they become totally shelter-less and the worst victims in post marriage violence.

In this situation they do not have any option to stay with anyone. They cannot return to their parental home.

In some cases, they flee from their in-laws home to get rid of the unbearable torture and violence to them. They are called moral crimers. They are convicted of running away from their in-laws home. The state cannot protect their rights and if they flee to get rid of their excruciating lives, the state appear to accuse them for the crime of ‘running away’; the moral crime!

Many women opt for suicide to get rid of these horrendous conditions.

Many women and girls flee from home after being raped and forced into prostitution.

“Running away,” or fleeing home without permission, is not a crime under the Afghan criminal code, but the Afghan Supreme Court has instructed its judges to treat women and girls who flee as criminals.

Afghanistan’s 2009 Law on the Elimination of Violence Against Women makes violence against women a criminal offense. But the same police, prosecutors, and judges who work zealously to lock up women accused of “moral crimes” often ignore evidence of abuse against the accused women, Human Rights Watch said.

Source: Human Rights Watch

29 Mar 2012   10:18:56 PM   Thursday
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