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Afghan Rape Victim's Sentence Reduced

GulnazA young Afghan woman named Gulnaz has spent the last year and a half in a Kabul jail. This was to have been the first eighth of a 12-year prison sentence. Her crime: Adultery. But Gulnaz has long insisted that she's not an adulterer -- that she was raped, and failed to report her rape out of fear of retribution.

Her fear is understandable. Rape is still considered more-or-less synonymous with infidelity throughout Afghanistan, and many women who do report rape are imprisoned anyway. (Sometimes, women suspected of "zini," or moral crimes, such as extra-marital sex, are stoned to death.) From CNN.com:

Gulnaz says she at first tried to hide the attack against her because she could be killed for bringing shame on her community. Only her pregnancy exposed the attack and began criminal investigations that led to her conviction for adultery.

Later, a higher Afghan court decided that Gulnaz probably was raped after all, and reduced her sentence to three years. Her new crime: Failing to report her rape quickly enough.

CNN.com reports the excellent news that Gulnaz may soon be free from prison anyway. Her name is on a list of women in line to receive pardons. BBC explains why: Gulnaz has agreed to marry her rapist. "I need my daughter to have a father," she said.

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  1. And they wonder why we think of them as primitive and uncivilized. Marrying her rapist - family honor restored - there you have it.

    Posted by: Bobby | Nov 27, 2011 10:18:04 AM


  2. Disgusting. At any point during these kangaroo court proceedings was the rapist (a.k.a. "the father of the child") charged with any crime?

    Posted by: RJ | Nov 27, 2011 10:28:58 AM


  3. Monstrous societies with monstrous religious dogmas can only produce monstrous justice. That if you can call that thing justice at all.
    Keep wasting unbelievable amounts of money on them for nothing.

    Posted by: Lexxvs | Nov 27, 2011 11:27:57 AM


  4. Both of them were convicted of adultery, Gulnaz was initially given two years, and her attacker got seven. Her sentence went up to 12 years and down to 3. They believe the two were having an affair that got messy when she found out she was pregnant.

    Posted by: antisaint | Nov 27, 2011 12:56:44 PM


  5. Both convicted of adultery? Oh, well, that's OK then.

    Posted by: uffda | Nov 27, 2011 1:14:29 PM


  6. How ironic, I think her name (Gulnaz) means "happy smile" - at least that's how I would render it from Turkish (might be same in her language if she is Uzbek-Afghani).

    Posted by: Hunter | Nov 27, 2011 1:44:03 PM


  7. I think you transposed father and daughter in that quote from her.

    Posted by: Matt | Nov 27, 2011 2:23:47 PM


  8. that is f*@k'd up!

    Posted by: Wyocowboy | Nov 27, 2011 2:33:41 PM


  9. Matt:

    Well spotted. Thanks.

    - BKT

    Posted by: Brandon K. Thorp | Nov 27, 2011 3:00:22 PM


  10. I agree with the first commenter. Some cultures' ideas of honor and morality just make me shudder with horror. Their concept of justice has no regard to the suffering of this woman. And if she really is being forced to marry her rapist, he suffering will not end when she leaves prison, not by a long shot.

    Posted by: WanderingStar | Nov 27, 2011 3:12:07 PM


  11. @Matt - She has a daughter with her alleged attacker.

    Posted by: antisaint | Nov 27, 2011 4:29:42 PM


  12. This is how they roll in Ancient Palestine. Women treated nothing more than an extension of a man's ego.

    Posted by: Adrian | Nov 27, 2011 4:37:47 PM


  13. @Adrian Palestine?

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Nov 27, 2011 7:00:48 PM


  14. A rape victim marrying her rapist. It's like an Afghani version of Luke and Laura on General Hospital 30 years ago, only without the romance.

    Posted by: Alex Sarmiento | Nov 27, 2011 9:31:21 PM


  15. WTF?????? AND THEY WONDER WHY SEE THEM AS ANIMALS!!!!! AND YOU KEEP WONDERING WHY I SAY LEAVE THEM ALONE! I HAVE MET ARAB MEN HERE WHO BEG TO HAVE SEX WITH YOU....THEN FREAK OUT AND BECOME VIOLENT AFTER WARDS!!! I LEAVE THESE BARBARIANS ALONE.....AND FOR THIS POOR WOMAN....MY HEART GOES OUT TO YOU......SPIT IN HIS FACE...

    Posted by: Shannon | Nov 28, 2011 1:01:04 AM


  16. I've long supported our presence in Afghanistan for one reason: We kept the Taliban's barbaric sense of justice from destroying the lives of hundreds of thousands of innocent women and children. But, if we are going to let this happen while WE ARE still THERE, what's the point?
    Time to bring the troops home.

    Posted by: Rodney Wollam | Nov 28, 2011 1:04:37 AM


  17. Get him asleep and slit his throat!

    Posted by: billmiller | Nov 28, 2011 8:11:56 AM


  18. As long as she is seriously remorseful for her crime and promises never to be raped again, I suppose it's safe to let her out after three years. I'm impressed with the humanity and compassion of the prosecutor who recognized her genuine contrition. http://bit.ly/s2dzGl

    Posted by: Rosetta Stone | Nov 28, 2011 8:15:51 AM


  19. The Afghan rape VICTIMS sentence is reduced. If this doesn't tell you what a primitive and oppressive religion Islam is, nothing will. It is where Christianity and Judaism were hundreds and hundreds of years ago. All organized religions are the enemies of human freedom. Islam just happens to be the WORST.

    Posted by: jack | Dec 17, 2011 11:27:48 PM


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