A young Afghan couple who tried to elope were publicly executed by a firing squad Monday by the Taliban in Nimroz, a southwestern province. Reports indicate that the couple, 19-year-old Gul Pecha and 21-year-old Abdul Aziz, were convicted of "immoral acts." Pecha's parents reportedly had forced her to become engaged to a man she disliked before she attempted to elope with Aziz, according to CNN.
Ghullam Dastagir Azad, Nimroz's governor, told the Independent UK that the couple “had fled their homes to the neighboring village, because their parents refused to let them marry….Their parents tracked them down and handed them over to the Taliban." A Taliban spokesman has denied involvement even though the area is under nearly complete control by the Taliban.
The Guardian reported that Azad called the execution "against Islam, against the law and against the constitution".
Media Resources: Independent UK 4/14/09; The Guardian 4/15/09; CNN 4/14/09
9/12/2014 Violence Against Women Act Turns 20 - Saturday will be the 20th Anniversary of the groundbreaking federal Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
Passed in 1994, VAWA was the first piece of federal legislation to specifically address domestic violence and sexual assault as crimes and to provide federal funding to improve local response to violence against women, including training and resources for law enforcement and judges.
President Barack Obama on Tuesday issued a proclamation commemorating the VAWA anniversary. . . .
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Purvi Patel, 33, sought help at an emergency room for vaginal bleeding where it was discovered that she had delivered prematurely at home. . . .