The New York-based group's report on women jailed for so-called "moral crimes" comes as many women's rights activists say they're worried that President Hamid Karzai will abandon promises to protect those rights as he tries to court the Taliban for peace talks. Under the Taliban regime, women were forced to wear body-and-face covering burqas and were not allowed out of the house without a male family member as an escort.
There is no entry in the Afghan penal code for the crime of "running away" and yet hundreds of women have been jailed for fleeing their families or husbands.
Women interviewed by Human Rights Watch often said they were trying to escape abusive husbands or forced marriages. In some cases, those who had left were assumed to have cheated on their husbands, and therefore were jailed for adultery, which is a criminal offense in Afghanistan.
The report said police, prosecutors and judges routinely ignore women's accusations of abuse, arguing even in the face of physical evidence that women are either lying about the abuse or making it seem more severe than it was.
Only a few decades ago, when America or Britain occupied a country, they forced them to adopt Western culture (or at least laws) and didn't put up with any dissent. Nowadays they replace one oppressive theocracy with another, apologize for offending Islam, and call the war a success. What happened? Is it bad PR for one country to force its culture on another? What would Japan and Germany be like today if the US declared that their ideologies and cultures were perfectly sensible and acceptable and they didn't need to change at all?
Edited by Parsip, 29 March 2012 - 01:14 PM.