A New Report Reveals Hundreds of Afghan Women Jailed for "Moral Crimes"

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[Editor’s note: It doesn’t take much for a woman--or a girl--to be imprisoned in Afghanistan. Just run away from an abusive husband or because you've been raped. Or commit some other “moral crime.” According to a scandalous new report by Human Rights Watch, some 400 women and girls are now languishing in Afghan prisons for just such “moral crimes.”–Mona]

“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 Human Rights Watch. “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.”

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