Rape victim jailed for adultery pardoned. Wow, this really leaves no hope for Afghanistan if this is the way they treat their women under their laws. Religion truly poisons everything. They will “pardon” the young rape victim if she agrees to marry her attacker and rapist, who will then have the “right” by law to do it to her over and over again for the rest of her life. God is great!!!!!

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Rape victim jailed for adultery pardoned

An Afghan girl looks at US army soldiers in Muhammad Aghah district of Logar province, eastern Afghanistan. Photograph: Umit Bektas/ReutersAn Afghan girl looks at US army soldiers in Muhammad Aghah district of Logar province, eastern Afghanistan. Photograph: Umit Bektas/Reuters

Afghanistan has pardoned a woman who was raped by a family member but then jailed for adultery, a statement from the presidential palace has said, in a case that highlights deep concerns about women’s rights in the country.

The 21-year-old, known as Gulnaz, had earlier been offered release from prison if she married her attacker and eventually agreed to this condition, but her lawyer said the release granted this week did not depend on her going through with the wedding.

It was not clear whether she still intended to marry the man who raped her, her cousin’s husband, who is serving a seven-year prison term for the crime, her lawyer Kimberley Motley added.

Afghan president Hamid Karzai’s palace issued the statement pardoning Gulnaz late on Thursday, a rare pardon in such a case in staunchly conservative Muslim Afghanistan.

Her case attracted international attention after she took part in a documentary film commissioned by the European Union but later withheld.

Ms Motley said she hoped her client would be released shortly, and that there was a place for her in a women’s shelter.

The palace statement said justice minister Habibullah Ghalib asked a panel of top legal officials to order her release. Gulnaz sought a pardon from Mr Karzai earlier this week.

“After assessing Gulnaz’s case, (they) decided that her remaining sentence in jail should be pardoned under the current rules and regulations of the country and she should be released,” the palace statement said.

Gulnaz was initially sentenced to two years in jail for “adultery by force”, which was later increased to 12 years on appeal. She was given the choice of marriage or serving a jail sentence.

Her sentence was then cut to three years after a third appeal, and the requirement for her to marry was dropped.

Gulnaz became pregnant as a result of the attack and gave birth to a daughter in the Badam Bagh women’s prison in Kabul almost a year ago.

Ms Motley also welcomed what she said was a decision to review the cases of other women in the same jail.

“The judiciary has effectively supported the Elimination of Violence Against Women Act by allowing for her to be released, for allowing for her to be pardoned,” Ms Motley said.

“Precedent definitely has been set. As I understand it, the judiciary today was also reviewing the files of other women in Badam Bagh,” she said.

The presidential palace declined to comment on whether other cases were under review.

The film in which Gulnaz featured, a documentary on women in prison, was blocked from release by the EU mission in Afghanistan over fears it might compromise the safety of the women involved because it showed their identity.

The film-makers have been pushing for the film to be released, and say Gulnaz wanted her story to be told.

“I made a promise to these women that I would get their stories out. I am glad that I’ve been able to honour that promise to Gulnaz,” said the film’s director Clementine Malpas.

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5 thoughts on “Rape victim jailed for adultery pardoned. Wow, this really leaves no hope for Afghanistan if this is the way they treat their women under their laws. Religion truly poisons everything. They will “pardon” the young rape victim if she agrees to marry her attacker and rapist, who will then have the “right” by law to do it to her over and over again for the rest of her life. God is great!!!!!

  1. You know, to say religion itself is bad because of this occurence, including Christianity therein is just silly. It’s like saying TV is bad because there are bad things on it (including good), politics is bad because there are bad (including good) politicians. And like politics is bad because there are wars. It is not God that has done this. It is man. I don’t agree with how these women are treated obviously. I’m a Christian. Many religious people would disagree with it including most probably the 2 billion Christians on this planet. Christians fight for the rights of women and children and believe in human rights. It was Jesus that showed in his time the importance of women and children in a culture that didn’t really see it. He allowed women to be his disciples which was shocking at the time. He also said: “Let the children come to me and do not hinder them; for to such belongs the Kingdom of Heaven”, astonishing those around him. Tghe Bible also states; “Husbands love your wives like Christ loved the Churh and gave ihis life for it.” The love that a man must have for his wife is shown in the sacrificial love of Christ himself.
    I make people aware of these unjust practices myself, but unlike you, I’m not so silly. It angers me! I can’t believe the things that happen to these women and children. But why do you get angry against God? And why do you get angry against those who truthfully believe in and love him? God’s laws are good. GOd is good. These people have done a terrible thing, but don’t blame Christianity for it.
    Radio is bad, because some people say bad things on it. Education is bad because some teachers as child molesters. Yes, satanism is bad, because they are called to murder (one of the terrible things). But don’t say Christianity and Christians are bad because a Satanist kills someone or a muslim rapes someone. Don’t even say Christianity is bad because Christians are bad. Be logical.

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  2. Nice try Tracy, but no sigar, I’m afraid. You conveniently forget of the numerous atrocities resulting from Christian dogma. To refresh your memory:
    – Crusades
    – Spanish enquisition
    – Ethnic cleansing in Bosnia
    – Ethnic cleansing in Rwanda and Burundi (the Roman Catholic church played an active role – well documented)
    – Apartheid – Studies were conducted using the bible as proof of the gods being in favour of apartheid.
    – The practice of slavery being upheld by Christianity – o yes, and even your jesus “educating” his followers on how the punish your slave – clearly zero sympathy or wisdom here (not what one would expect of super intelligent god, eh Tracy?)
    — Ephesians 6:5 NLT: Slaves, obey your earthly masters with deep respect and fear. Serve them sincerely as you would serve Christ.
    — 1 Timothy 6:1-2 NLT: Christians who are slaves should give their masters full respect so that the name of God and his teaching will not be shamed. If your master is a Christian, that is no excuse for being disrespectful. You should work all the harder because you are helping another believer by your efforts. Teach these truths, Timothy, and encourage everyone to obey them.
    — Then we have dear jesus with the following gem, obviously appproving of beating slaves even if they didn’t know they were doing anything wrong as stated in Luke 12:47-48 NLT: The servant will be severely punished, for though he knew his duty, he refused to do it. “But people who are not aware that they are doing wrong will be punished only lightly. Much is required from those to whom much is given, and much more is required from those to whom much more is given.”

    The point Tracy, is that religion lends itself to misuse and is a dangerous tool. Simple as that. To compare it with TV, is like comparing a pocket knife with a weapon of mass destruction. Never in the history of humankind has a war been fought in the name of non-belief. Never. Christianity (and religion in genereal), can certainly not say the same. Think of the war in Iraq justified by dumb-ass Bush on religious grounds. In everyday life, we continously have to endure the arrogance exhibited by religious leaders and their ridiculous dogma. Think about it Tracy. Open your mnd and thnk about it. Your dear Christiainity is everything but guiltless.

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  3. Tracy, here you go again. Preaching the love of your ghost, meanwhile back at the ranch…………………………

    So Tracy, you never answered my question in previous posts. I will repeat it here for you and would like to hear what you have to say about it.

    What is your opinion about the following, since you jesus worshipers are guilty of many of these crimes:

    Where ever in the world you find the following human rights opposed, you will find organized religious organizations are in the forefront opposing these human rights as well as justice for the victims. They also try to take away some of these basic human rights in the name of their dogma, even if you do not believe in their religion. Here is a list, in no particular order.

    1.) The empowerment of women (long friggin list for that)

    2.) A women’s right to a safe abortion

    3.) Freedom from religious prosecutions

    4.) The right for every child to have a proper scientific education

    5.) The prosecution of child rapists who work for religious organizations

    6.) Gay Rights (long friggin list for that)

    7.) Every human’s right to euthanasia

    8.) Every human’s right to criticize religion

    9.) Every person’s right to get a divorce

    10.) Every women and man’s right to safe birth control

    11.) Every child’s right to a religious-free education

    12.) Censorship in media because of religious intolerance

    13.) Religiously motivated wars and violence

    14.) Bodily mutilation to children because of religious dogma

    15.) Any law based of any religious dogma that carries any penalty of any kind to anybody

    16.) Tax advantages given to any religious organizations

    17.) Religious organizations giving medical advice based on their dogma, that hurts and kills people eg. the official stance on condoms and birth control by the RCC, faith healing etc

    18.) Violence sponsored by any religion because they believe they were offended

    19.) Religious organizations who serve in any form as an authority of justice under any circumstances, as well as the carrying out and or endorsements of any punishments

    20.) An adult’s right to charge money for sex, always opposed by most religious organizations

    21.) Religious organizations having anything to do with sex education for children and teenagers

    22.) Every women’s right to refuse to marry into pre-arranged marriages, whether child, teen or adult

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  4. Quite correct McBrolloks. I see Top TV is launching a porno pay channel, to which one can subscribe independently. Now lets sit back and watch the regligiots jump up and down trying to ban this based on their dogma. THEIR friggin dogma enforced n all and sundry. Reminds me of the time when, as teenager, I discovered a bunch of porno mags on the ceiling of my friends house. The irony? – my friend’s dad was an NG dominee, preaching fire and brimstone from the pulpit Sunday after Sunday.

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  5. There’s no point trying to convince the Tracy’s of our world to abandon whatever goblin they’ve conjured up to worship. You might as well try persuading a vervet not to love bananas.

    I’m reading an excellent book by Wits archaeologist Prof. David Lewis-Williams “Conceiving God: the Cognitive Origin and Evolution of Religion”. He has found that since humans began there have always been Tracy’s. It’s part of the brain’s wiring. He agrees with Darwin that “arguments do not accomplish much.” But there is hope through rationality (science) and he concludes with a quotation from Matthew Cobb and Jerry Coyne: “In reality, the only contribution that science can make to the ideas of religion is atheism.”

    Review by A.C.Grayling at
    http://www.newstatesman.com/books/2010/04/religion-religious-lewis

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