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Public Execution of Woman Raises Fears for Afghanistan’s Future

This still image taken from undated video footage depicts a man Afghan officials identified as a member of the Taliban firing his rifle at a woman accused of adultery during her execution in a village outside Kabul, Afghanistan.
This still image taken from undated video footage depicts a man Afghan officials identified as a member of the Taliban firing his rifle at a woman accused of adultery during her execution in a village outside Kabul, Afghanistan.
Sharon Behn
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - A video apparently showing the Taliban executing an Afghan woman accused of adultery has sparked international outrage. The killing highlights ongoing fears of what will happen to women’s rights in Afghanistan once international forces leave.
 
Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Monday condemned the execution, describing it as an “unforgivable crime” and an “act of brutality." He called for an investigation into the shooting and the arrest of those responsible.
 
In the video first obtained by Reuters and circulated on the Internet, the apparent daylight execution of the woman is cheered on by male spectators. The incident reportedly took place in the northern province of Parwan, not far from the Afghan capital, Kabul.
 
For Afghan women's rights activist Wazma Frogh, the incident highlights the country's lack of security despite millions of dollars spent on strengthening its forces.

“Where were the police officers when this whole act happened? It didn’t happen in a matter of seconds, it happened in one, two hours," said Frogh. "Where were the foreign, or for example the Afghan national police? Where were the Afghan national army?”
 
She says if the Taliban are allowed to rejoin the Afghan government and society without any accountability for their actions in the last ten years, the country would once again see the public stonings, hangings and beheadings that marked their time in power.

“So what does reconciliation mean with such a notorious insurgent group?” she asked.
 
The United States and the Afghan government hope to come to a political settlement with the Taliban before international combat forces leave Afghanistan by the end of 2014.

But Afghan lawmaker Fawzia Koofi warns that women risk losing out in a such a deal.

“We see the signs now, there are signs now that politically, nationally, that the women’s gains and achievements both the international community and the government of Afghanistan have on women’s rights will be immediately compromised for the sake of peace, so in a way justice will be sacrificed for peace,” said Koofi.
 
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Sunday that women’s rights must be an integral part of Afghanistan’s future. Clinton was speaking on the sidelines of an international aid conference that raised $16 billion in development aid for the war-ravaged country.

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by: willowdee from: france
July 09, 2012 5:01 PM
They won't punish the man because all the husband had to do was claim she was committing adultery, in order to get rid of her. She probably did nothing at all, but he just wanted to get rid of her. Women are of little value to these men and are considered sub-human, put on earth to live at the mans pleasure, or not to live. They just twist their laws to justify what ever they wish to do.
No God would ever condone their cowardly and venomous behavior that disgusts any decent human being. But an easy solution does not exist, any more than an easy solution to disgusting pedophiles can be found. But there is hope, as we are not all like this. Real men, do not harm women, only cowards do!


by: lee from: Riopelle
July 09, 2012 4:49 PM
God Almighty! Do it to the Assh.....who shot her...I thought they practiced An Eye for an Eye...and if she did do this....ie..Adultry..then why wasn't the MAN WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE 'SEX CRIME' EXECUTED BY HER SIDE...NOW, WHAT A DOUBLE STANDARD!!!!! LAWLESS AT IT BEST......


by: reeder from: united states of america
July 09, 2012 4:39 PM
what will happen when those women over there has enough and starts killing of a few of those so called men?also there has been more whites killed by so called african americans than what whites have killed of them.islam is going through the same thing that the catholic church went through in the dark ages,of course they lost an empire of blood soaked rule also.what is needed is enouther alexander the great to sort them out again.


by: Dennis from: Hickory Hills, IL
July 09, 2012 4:34 PM
I feel bad for the women of Islam, and even worse for the men, but what really bothers me is how people jump on here and equate Christianity with it. You liars are not fooling anyone, you are just as bad as the Taliban. We all know you get paid by someone to do so and those of us who can see it laugh at you and all your communist buddies.


by: Jim
July 09, 2012 4:29 PM
"is cheered on by male spectators"

I really don't care what people are going to say to this but you know what? These people NEED a dictator like Saddamn Hussein, etc. to take control. THESE are the people who are supposed to vote in elections, etc? They are backward thinking, nut jobs who will vote in the most extremist, bat shit crazy people they can. Just look at Egypt. Look at Libya. The chaos that Country is in. It's broken into tribes with everyone killing each other and it's worse now that it ever was.

The fact that the males were cheering this shows how ass backwards these people are. Unbelievable...some Countries just need a dictator. Iraq was doing as well as a Country like that could be doing because of Saddam Hussein.

Until these people actually think beyond what their bullshit, backwards, sexist religion tells them this is the lifestyle they will always choose. Sexism, brutality, bloodshed, etc.


by: LittleStream from: Phoenix
July 09, 2012 4:19 PM
Guess its just my equal rights showing, but why wasn't the man shot for commiting adultery? Isn't it interesting that a country deplores adultery bad enough to kill the adulterer, but if its the man, its okey dokey! Unfair! Unjust!


by: Stephen from: USA
July 09, 2012 4:17 PM
Women's rights issue? Since when is adultery a "right?"

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by: Melynda from: Ohio
July 10, 2012 8:03 AM
Seriously? The rights they are talking about is the right to not be stoned, shot, hanged, or beheaded because a man rapes a woman or points at her and accuses her of adultery. Do you think they place enough value on women to give them a fair trial for something they have no way of arguing against?


by: Bill from: USA
July 09, 2012 4:08 PM
Hmmm.... What do we have in our inventory that will kill everyone over there then quickly become harmless. Found it! Time to ir-radiate the middle east. Its time for another expansion of the imperial powers of the USA. Can you say the 51st state?


by: feudi from: philadelphia
July 09, 2012 3:36 PM
The Taliban is a sick, violent Islamic cult of maniacs. They will all get their just rewards in the next world of pain.


by: Kamil
July 09, 2012 3:19 PM
to say they are barbarians, animals, and should all be killed and so on its the same barbarism. to say that does not explain anything. Taliban is relatively resent phenomenon and its much western then it seems. blaming their barbarism we should not forget our own.

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