Condemns Public Execution of Afghan Woman
July 10, 2012
Afghan President Hamid Karzai strongly condemned on Monday the public
execution of a young woman by the Taliban.
Mr. Karzai called the act in the northern province of Parwan a “heinous
and unforgivable crime,” and he ordered authorities to do everything
possible to arrest and punish those responsible.
The head of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, General John Allen,
described the videotaped shooting in as “an atrocity of unspeakable
cruelty.” He said the Taliban's “continued brutality” toward innocent
civilians, particularly women, “must be condemned in the strongest
Parwan officials say the public shooting happened late last month.
The woman was accused of being romantically involved with two members of
the Taliban. Male villagers are heard cheering on the tape after the
woman was shot at close range. Some villagers shouted “long live the
Afghan mujahedeen,” a reference to the Taliban.
Afghan parliamentarian Fawzia Kofi tells VOA that even if the victim had
an illicit sexual relationship with a man, the shooting denied her the
right to a just court and defense.
Afghan women's rights activists have raised concerns about the status of
women once international combat forces withdraw from the war-torn
country. There is particular concern about U.S. and Afghan efforts to
negotiate a political settlement with the Taliban.
Under Taliban rule in the 1990s, women were not allowed to work, get an
education or leave the house without a male escort.
Sultani, a coordinator on women's rights at the Afghanistan Independent
Human Rights commission, tells VOA that even after more than a decade
since the toppling of the Taliban government, Afghanistan has seen
increased violence and more extrajudicial killings of women by the
Separately on Monday, NATO confirmed that the six coalition soldiers who
were killed in Sunday's roadside bombing in eastern Afghanistan were
American. A seventh U.S. soldier was killed in an insurgent attack in
the south on Sunday.
The Taliban said it planted the bomb that killed the six U.S. soldiers
in Wardak province.
Sunday was a deadly day for Afghan civilians as well, with 14 killed in
two roadside bombings in the southern province of Kandahar.
NATO spokesman Brigadier General Gunter Katz told reporters in Kabul on
Monday, “yesterday was a tough day for Afghan civilians, coalition and
Afghan forces. A number of people were killed or injured due to a number
of roadside bombs and conflicts. I extend my sincere condolences to the
loved ones, family members and friends of those who were killed or