Saturday, February 14, 2004

GW- Looks like we Abandoned Someone!

Op-Ed Columnist: Afghan Women, Still in Chains

More than two years later, many Afghan women are still captives in their homes. Life is better in Kabul than under the Taliban, but in many areas our triumphalism is proving hollow. Consider these snapshots of the new Afghanistan:

- A 16-year-old girl fled her 85-year-old husband, who married her when she was 9. She was caught and recently sentenced to two and a half years' imprisonment.

- The Afghan Supreme Court has recently banned female singers from appearing on Afghan television, barred married women from attending high school classes and ordered restrictions on the hours when women can travel without a male relative.

- When a man was accused of murder recently, his relatives were obliged to settle the blood debt by handing over two girls, ages 8 and 15, to marry men in the victim's family.

This might not have happened if we had stuck to Afghanistan and not gone "warring" in Iraq. Now it is just so much more difficult - how many times do we have to make this mistake?

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