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Afghan newlywed allegedly gang-raped for weeks by men who helped her flee abusive husband

February 10, 2017

A newlywed 20-year-old woman was allegedly gang-raped in Afghanistan by a group of men who encouraged her to flee her physically abusive husband, according to Afghan news source the Khaama Press. The woman was reportedly raped and held hostage by the three men for nearly four weeks before they left her outside the women’s affairs directorate in Takhar.

Women fleeing their husbands in Afghanistan are often the victims of child and forced marriages, said Hashim Ahmadi, program manager for Humanitarian Assistance for the Women and Children of Afghanistan in Kabul.

“While they are on the run, they become vulnerable to all types of violence,” explained Ahmadi. “Strict laws on forced marriages should be enacted and implemented by the government and public awareness should be increased by the government and NGOs so that people end these old customs.”

According to a new report from the U.N., injuries and deaths of Afghan women have increased by 400 percent over the past six years. The report also identified “an increasingly disturbing trend” that has seen women punished by both government and local tribal courts for so-called moral crimes. In 2016, 10 such punishment resulted in the deaths of five women and injury to five others. At least two of the women were shot to death for running away from home.

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