Afghanistan’s independent human rights commission says violence against women is increasing across the country as Karzai’s government appears to backslide on women’s rights.
The older brother of Mah Gul, a 20-year-old woman beheaded last week in western Herat province by her in-laws for refusing prostitution, said local officials initially took no interest in her murder.
“People get told off for slaughtering someone else’s cow but we had to wait for her murder to be announced in the mosque before anything was done about it,” 32-year-old taxi driver and Gul’s brother Mohamed Nasir Akbari told Reuters. Four people including Gul’s husband and in-laws were arrested last week, officials said.
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