The Taliban militia in Afghanistan shot and killed a woman as she was "cowering beneath a pale blue all-enveloping burqa," yesterday in what they described as the first "public" (the woman was shot in the center of a sports stadium) execution of a woman in Kabul since the Taliban took control of the city three years ago.
The woman had been found guilty of beating her husband to death.
Since seizing control of Kabul in 1996, the Taliban has imposed a strict system of gender apartheid against all women living in areas controlled by the Taliban. The Taliban's edicts, which have been brutally enforced, banish most women from the work force, closed schools to girls and expelled women from universities. Other Taliban policies include beating any woman who is caught in public without a close male relative as chaperone or who fails to adequately cover her skin; stoning to death anyone who is suspected of adultery; and publicly amputating limbs of thieves.
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Media Resources: AP and Washington Post - November 16, 1999
12/9/2013 Mixed Results for Afghanistan's Anti-Violence Against Women Law - The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released their annual report on violence against women in Afghanistan yesterday, revealing mixed results of the country's Elimination of Violence against Women Law.
"A Way to Go: An Update on Implementation of the Law on the Elimination of Violence against Women in Afghanistan [PDF]," found that there was a 28 percent increase in reports of violence against women from 2012 to 2013 , but only 17 percent of those were prosecuted under EVAW - a small 2 percent increase from last year.
The law, which was issued by the executive decree of President Hamid Karzai in 2009, criminalizes 22 acts of violence against women and specifies punishment for perpetrators. . . .