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5 men executed in gang-rape case that outraged Afghans

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Stars and Stripes, 8 October 2014

Over the objections of human rights groups, the Afghan government on Wednesday executed five men convicted in the gang rape of four women, an incident that caused widespread outrage from the Afghan public. AAN’s Kate Clark is quoted in the article on the nature of the crime and the new Afghan government’s position on this:

The brazen nature of this gang rape struck Afghan culture’s rawest nerves, said Kate Clark, country director for the Afghan [sic] Analysts Network. “[The women] were with their male family members and they were considered to be good, reputable women, and they were coming from a popular spot where many Kabul residents go,” Clark said.

The trial was conducted amid widespread street demonstrations calling for the immediate executions of the accused, she said. Given the overwhelming support for the death sentences, along with the fragile political landscape after the recent resolution of a disputed presidential election, there seems to be little domestic political incentive for the new president, Ashraf Ghani, to step in, Clark said.