Afghan woman beheaded 'for refusing prostitution,' report says


Afghan women raise banners during a march to protest violence against women in Kabul on September 24, 2012. Rashida Manjoo, the expert charged by the UN Human Rights Council with investigating and reporting on violence against women recently stated that “The failure of States to guarantee women’s rights to a life free from violence allows for a continuum of violence which can end in their death."


Roberto Schmidt

An Afghan woman was reportedly beheaded after refusing to be prostituted by her mother-in-law. 

20-year-old Mah Gul was killed in western Afghanistan's Herat province after her husband's mother tried to force her to sleep with another man, Agence France Presse reported

Gul's mother-in-law, father-in-law, husband, and the man who beheaded her have been arrested for the crime. 

Provincial police chief Abdul Ghafar Sayedzada said the young woman had been married for four months and that her mother-in-law had tried to prostitute her several times, AFP reported. 

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This is the latest beheading in Afghanistan in recent months: in August, a boy and a girl were each beheaded in separate incidents, the same week that 17 young people were shot and beheaded in Helman province, Reuters reported

So far this year, 100 cases of violence against women have been recorded in the western part of the country alone, according to Abdul Qader Rahimi, the regional director of the government-backed human rights commission in western Afghanistan. 

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