Afghan President Hamid Karzai has backed a statement from the country’s top religious body calling for stronger restrictions on women’s freedoms.
Afghanistan’s Independent Human Rights Commission claims the council’s statement — which, among other things, OK’s men’s right to commit violence against women in cases where there is a “Shari’a-compliant reason” — is an injustice that tramples on the dignity of all Afghan women…[READ MORE]
When we last left her, Sahar Gul was in dire straits.
The 15-year-old Afghan newlywed, who was allegedly tortured by her husband and in-laws and kept in a basement for several months, was near death when she was rescued about two weeks ago.
Now her doctors, who spoke to RFE/RL’s Radio Free Afghanistan, say Gul’s condition has improved a bit and that there’s no need to send her to India for treatment, as Afghan officials had planned.