On "Moral Offences"

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In a faintly hopeful turn in an otherwise horrifying story highlighting the human rights abuses Afghan women still suffer, a 21-year-old rape victim sentenced to 12 years in jail for "forced adultery" has been "pardoned" and freed - and, despite earlier reports, she does not have to marry her attacker. Hundreds of women are in Afghan jails for such "moral offences." Over 5,000 people had signed a petition for Gulnaz's release, and her story was part of a European Union documentary on Afghan women likewise jailed. Lesson here: Speak up - especially when President Karzai is looking for money from the west.

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