- Source: HRW
The report, which is based on interviews with inmates of prisons and juvenile detention facilities, outlines the situation of girls and women who are victims of “a justice system stacked against them at every stage” even ten years after the fall of the Taliban government.
HRW reports that almost every girl in juvenile detention and half of the women in prisons were arrested for “moral crimes”. These “crimes” include fleeing from an unlawful forced marriage or domestic violence or even being raped or forced into prostitution, and are often based on complaint of a husband or relative. “Virtually none of the cases had led even to an investigation of the abuse”, HRW says and “prosecutors ignore evidence that supports women’s assertions of innocence”.
Therefore HRW urges the United States and other donor countries to exert pressure on the Afghan Government regarding women’s rights and calls the Afghan Government to end the practice of imprisonment of women for “moral crimes”.