Published On: Tue, Apr 30th, 2013

Afghanistan: Woman Killed for “Dishonouring” Family

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Authorities are still failing to tackle the shocking levels of gender-based violence in Afghanistan© SHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images

Authorities are still failing to tackle the shocking levels of gender-based violence in Afghanistan© SHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images

The woman, who has two children, was shot dead on Monday 22 April by her father in front of a crowd of about 300 people in the village of Kookchaheel, in the Aabkamari district of Badghis province in north-western Afghanistan.

The woman, named Halima and believed to be between 18 and 20 years old, was accused of running away with a male cousin while her husband was in Iran. Her cousin returned Halima to her relatives 10 days after running away with her. His whereabouts are unknown.

“Violence against women continues to be endemic in Afghanistan and those responsible very rarely face justice,” said Horia Mosadiq, Afghanistan researcher at Amnesty International.

The killing came after three of the village’s religious leaders, allegedly linked to the Taliban, issued a fatwa (religious edict) that Halima should be killed publicly, after her father sought their advice about his daughter’s elopement.

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Source: Amnesty International

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