AFGHANISTAN: Abused by their husbands, runaway wives are 'punished' with public flogging

Forced to marry against their will (such ‘wives’ often are girls under 12 years old), two runaway wives were caught by police, arrested, flogged 45 times each, then sent back to their husbands.

(No doubt they’ll get more beatings now, maybe even honor-killed) In some Afghan provinces, warlords still reign supreme. Under their authority, the treatment of women is bleakly reminiscent of Taliban rule; as this video of a woman being whipped in public goes to show.

Both women were sentenced to 45 lashes in public. In a statement made on Pajhowk Afghan News, the deputy chief of police of Dolina district, Jahan Shah, explained that the case had been handed over to the local warlord, Fazl Ahad. He decided to have the women punished for running away, but also demanded that the husbands, whom he deemed guilty as well, divorce their wives. (Fat chance) OBSERVERS.france.24

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