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December-21-99

Afghan Woman Burned to Death by Husband

The Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA) reported the burning of an Afghan woman by her husband in Kabul recently. The report stated that during an argument with his wife, Salehah, the man beat her, then tied her hands and legs, poured gasoline over her body, and set fire to her. The woman, taken to the hospital by neighbors, died two days later. The man, who is said to be employed by the Taliban Intelligence Ministry in Kabul, escaped and has not been brought to justice.

Twenty-seven-year-old Salehah Askarzadah had a bachelor's degree in Economics and worked for the Export Development Bank before the Taliban took over Kabul and banished women from work and school. Salehah leaves behind a son and infant daughter.

Media Resources: Revolutionary Association for the Women of Afghanistan - December 21, 1999


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