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Saturday, May 4, 2013

AFGHANISTAN | In Badghis Province A dead father kills his daughter in public to avenge the family honor


Amnesty International has denounced the "incompetence" of the Afghan authorities in stopping the "honor crimes" , after a father murdered his daughter in public for adultery after fleeing it with one of his cousins ​​and, Therefore, having betrayed the "honor" of his family. Halima's murder, aged 18 and 20 years, by three shots with a Kalashnikov , took place last week in Kookchaheel village in Badghis province in northwestern Afghanistan, in front of a crowd of between 300 and 400 people . The crime was filmed by a human rights activist of Badghis. Halima's husband had emigrated to Iran with her ​​two children and she had eloped with one of his cousins, who, after 10 days of flight, recanted and decided to return the girl to her family , as reported by the head of the Provincial Police. A religious court had sentenced to death in public Halima, after the complaint filed by his father, since sharia adultery a criminal offense and is punishable by the death penalty"Halima was kneeling and wearing a chador very long. A mullah said funeral prayer and his father fired three shots at a distance of five meters" describes a witness who refused to reveal his identity for fear of reprisals."Your brother witnessed his death and then began to mourn " he says. Halima's cousin, with whom he escaped, remains missing. In some very conservative Muslim communities is usually performed by stoningadulterers them both together. According to activists Badghis Halima's husband had opposed the execution and had even tried to get to the village before the murder. Local police says the husband came two days after the death of his wife, but his father and his family had fled . "We tried to stop, but it is an unstable area of the province of Herat , where the Taliban are most active, "said provincial police chief. There are already 11 years that have passed since the fall of the fundamentalist regime of the Taliban in Afghanistan (1996-2001), known, among other things, for the public execution of women. This new case of 'honor killing' outrage rebuilds, since no one has been arrested so far."Violence against women remains endemic in the country and those responsible are rarely brought to justice , "Amnesty International regrets.

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