Friday, 29 August 2008

Jailed For Being Raped

Operation Enduring Freedom is not bringing much freedom, nearly 1000 coalition troops are dead, 580 of them American, never mind the unknown volume of dead civilians, with figures somewhere in the region of 8,000-10,000 and Afghanistan is still a backwater for human rights and civil liberties.

Take the story I've linked to above. In Afghanistan, prisons are full with young women who have been raped or have ran away from their husbands, believe it or not, this is a crime and leaves you facing 10-20 years in jail. To quote the Afghanistan law system: "In Afghanistan whether it is forced or not forced it (being raped) is a crime because the Islamic rules say that it is." And if you have children, you take them into the prison with you! Re-read that last paragraph again and ask yourself why the hell this is still going on some 7 years after freedom was supposed to be enduring in Afghanistan?

These distressing statistics shed more light on the story: 87% of women complain of domestic abuse and half of it is sexual. More than 60% of marriages are forced and 57% of brides are under 16. Many of these girls are offered as restitution for a crime or as debt settlement...in other words, women are used as objects of barter. Not surprisingly, Afghanistan is the only country in the world with a higher suicide rate among women than men.


Is it just me, or do we seem to get absolutely nothing right when it comes to that fucking war on terror?

4 comments:

  1. You are going to see more focus on Afghanistan from the antiwar movement.

    Obama seems to want to deploy the Russian strategy.

    The Taliban let the US win the first battle, to fight it later as an occupier.

    Good post.

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  2. Odd. Are you presuming that Afghanistan was somehow a better place for women before the NATO invasion?

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  3. Jay: Odd is you presuming something not stated in the post, which is about how very little has changed so what exactly was the point?

    Hope that's clearer.

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