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Subject: Re: Heinz Kerry speaks out... Date: 10/6/2004 12:32 PM
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UrsulaB wrote:

"She must have forgotten that women were imprisoned in their houses and without any legal rights before the Americans turned their eye on Afghanistan."



Here's an editorial about an Afghan woman who was beaten by her family because she wanted to come to America instead of marrying her Afghan cousin, as the patriarchs in Afghanistan insisted.

When she tried to run away, the family had the police arrest her and the police subjected her to a virginity test. Failing such a test would have being doing time in prison, but fortunately for her she passed. Another young lady was not so lucky.

It is certainly not Bush's fault that these things are happening. But Afghan society is highly hostile to women and it's wrong to suggest that getting rid of the Taliban had a major effect on those societal standards.



http://www.nytimes.com/2004/10/06/opinion/06kris.html?oref=login


The entire jail is a kaleidoscope of woe. It's been two years since President Bush declared that in Afghanistan, "Today, women are free." But that's news to the inmates.

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Then there is Sohailla, 18, who says she was kidnapped for three days by the family of a young man who wanted to marry her (the police suspect that she went to his house voluntarily). The police subjected her to a virginity test; after she failed, she got a three-year sentence for fornication.

Inequality is so deeply embedded in this society that there are no easy solutions. In a new opinion poll in Afghanistan, 87 percent of those surveyed said women needed to ask their husbands' permission to vote. There was little difference in the answers of men and women.
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