vendredi 30 décembre 2011

Afghanistan: Gulnaz, released from prison, forced to marry her rapist!

In November 2009, Afghan President Hamid Karzai ordered the release of Ms. Gulnaz, an Afghan woman from prison for "adultery."
Having been a victim of rape by a cousin of her husband, she was sentenced to 12 years in prison in Kabul. Under Afghan law, not her rapist was convicted but herself after the birth of a child born of rape. To avoid being stigmatized.
To protest against this unjust law, 5,000 people from other violence against women, have signed a petition calling for his release.
After her rape, Gulnaz was sentenced to twelve years in prison for "adultery." Imprisoned in Kabul, she gave birth to a child of that rape.
Judicial officials have estimated that after his release, Gulnaz was to marry her rapist to escape the stigma and popular violence. For          Afghan women raped are automatically stigmatized by their poor society.
As collateral for not being attacked, Gulnaz demanded that his brother married the sister of the rapist and husband!

The miserable condition of Afghan women!

"I, a human being, I had to see the world behind a veil mesh, like a prison ... I am horrified, but we could not afford to break tradition. "testifies an Afghan woman behind the grating of her chador in the book of Isabelle Delloye "Women of Afghanistan, Phoebus, Paris, 2002."
         More than a decade after the fall of the ultra-rigid Islamist Taliban, ousted from power by U.S. and allied forces, the status of Afghan women seems to have evolved only in the cities.
         But in the rural Afghan society is very traditional and patriarchal. Forced marriages, male oppression, cruelty, family, gender discrimination, rape unpunished and "honor killings" are common.
Between 60 and 80% of all Afghan marriages are forced and early unions.
The Commission Afghan Independent Human Rights has documented 1,026 cases of violence against women during the second quarter 2011, against 2,700 cases for the year 2010.
        The issue of women's rights is considered a secondary matter, and gender equality.
The average lifespan of women in Afghanistan is 42 years, almost 20 years younger than the world average. Elsewhere in the world, women generally live longer than men, but not in Afghanistan.
"Apparently there is no history of Afghan women, because history seems to have done without them, who remained as they were thirteen centuries ago ..." wrote Isabelle Delloye.
Islamic Republic of Afghanistan covers an area of ​​652,000 km2 and is inhabited by 29,835,392 inhabitants (2011). It is chaired by Hamid Karzai (born 1957) since December 22, 2001.

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