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Afghan woman and child killed over adultery charges

By Sajad - Sat Dec 08 2012, 3:09 pm

According to local authorities in western Herat province of Afghanistan, an Afghan woman was shot dead along with his son by an unknown individual over adultery charges in this province.

Provincial deputy police chief Abdul Hamid Hamidi confirming the report said the woman and her son were killed by an unknown individual for having illicit relations in Shindae area of western Herat city.

Gen. Hamidi further added they are doubting that the woman was shot dead by her relative.

He said Afghan police forces have arrested the suspected murderer along with two others in connection to the incident.

Afghan women are no strangers to gender-based violence. For decades now, violent crimes against women have been heading for epic proportions, as young girls are forced into marriage, wives and daughters are abused, and women are dealt harsh punishments for ‘moral crimes’.

Now, officials and rights groups have noticed an alarming surge in these incidents, with crimes against women becoming more frequent – and more savage.

The Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) estimates a 22 percent increase in cases of violence against women during the last six months of 2012 compared to the same period the previous year.

Following a spate of particularly brutal murders, Afghanistan’s minister for women has also said attacks on women are becoming increasingly violent.

Last month, two men were arrested in the northern Kunduz province and charged with beheading a 14-year-old girl who had apparently turned down a marriage proposal from one of them. In October, a 25-year-old woman in the western Herat province was beheaded, soon after a 30-year-old woman in the same province had been mutilated and murdered.

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