THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — [UPDATE -- Manhunt underway for Taliban shooter of the women in the video. See below.]
Afghan officials reportedly say the Taliban shot the Afghanistan woman for adultery near Kabul. A video showed a crowd of men cheering after she was shot. Elsewhere in Afghanistan, a divorced man shot his ex-wife and two of her kids in a ‘honor killing.’
Reports say that many in Afghanistan rely on the Taliban courts to settle issues that the Afghanistan government won’t or can’t handle. The Taliban courts use sharia law — stoning and executions are typical punishment for these crimes. These developments clearly do not bode well for women in Afghanistan with American forces on their way out and a corrupt government being left in place.
In the grand scheme of things, the plight of Afghanistan women pale in comparison to the darkening horizon for women affected by the Arab Spring — it’s looking more and more like a return to the Dark Ages for many.
In many ways, I feel helpless, unable to do more than to just pass along this grim outlook for women in the area. But then, it is this kind of reporting that can sway society into taking action.
UPDATE: July 10, 2012 — From CNN:
“Afghan President Hamid Karzai ordered the arrest Monday of the Taliban who participated in the public execution of a woman accused of adultery.
Shock and outrage have mounted since an amateur video surfaced of a burqa-clad woman sitting on the ground while a man standing a few feet away shoots her nine times before a cheering mob.
The execution raises questions about what the 2014 withdrawal of NATO troops from Afghanistan will mean for women, who regained basic rights of education and voting after the fall of the Taliban in 2001.”
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