Awful story from Afghanistan

*trigger warning for a story about rape and a tragic legal aftermath*

Has anyone else seen this horror story on the Huffington Post about a woman who was imprisoned in Afghanistan after being raped?

She has been in the news a few times now. The woman in the story was raped, then convicted and sentenced to 12 years in prison for “having sex outside of marriage.” Recently, she accepted a pardon from the prison sentence she was serving, but as part of the pardon deal she has to marry the man who raped her. She had refused this deal several times in the past, but is now raising a child in prison and said in an interview last month with the AP that she was losing hope and considering marrying the man who attacked her as a way out.

Everything about this story is absolutely awful. It made me feel sick to my stomach. This one doesn’t need any commentary. It’s just horrible.

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  • Emmett J Doyle

    A replay of British imperialism in South Asia- we keep up the narrative that the foreign, white-dominated power is over there to protect the brown women from the brown men and to bring the virtues of X value system (before, Christianity- now, ‘democracy’, except we aren’t actually bringing it in a meaningful way), while propping up corrupt, fundamentalist governments that perpetuate, outside of a few blocks in Kabul and some camera-friendly school houses in the country side, the extreme regressive sexism that has reigned in Afghanistan at least since the US-backed overthrow of the socialist government. Meanwhile, visiting upon the women of Afghanistan every horror and hardship of war. Is it any wonder RAWA wants the US out?