Most Afghan women serve sentences in elders' homes, not prisons



When 18-year-old Fawzia was convicted of elopement and adultery, a local Afghan court in the southeastern province of Paktika sentenced her to jail.
She soon discovered that she would not be serving the 18-month sentence in a government-run prison, but in the house of a tribal elder where she would work as an unpaid domestic servant, entirely under his control.
"I was treated like an animal and kept like a slave," Fawzia told Reuters in Sharana, the provincial capital of Paktika.
Released briefly from detention because she was sick, she declined to be formally identified for fear... read more

 
11 October 2016 in World News, Views: 32
Source: Reuters
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