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Afghanistan’s Terrorised Women

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The Straits Times, 25 January 2012
In his op-ed for the Singapore-based newspaper, the AIHRC Executive Secretary Muhammad Musa Mahmoodi summarised why violence against women persists in Afghanistan: the country’s patriarchal tribal tradition that assumes women’s inferiority; the strong political incentive by radical political groups like the Taleban to deprive women of their rights; because family pride and honor are deemed more important than a woman’s individual well-being and safety; because laws are often arbitrarily applied, and sharia (Islamic law) frequently takes precedence over civil legislation, resulting in widespread impunity for crimes of violence against women.

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