Gulnaz told CNN that she didn’t immediately report the rape because she knew authorities would imprison her for adultery rather than prosecute her attacker. Last week, president Karzai pardoned Gulanz after she agreed to marry her attacker.
The president subsequently lifted the condition of forced marriage after facing continued international pressure.
Unfortunately, Gulnaz’s story is common in Afghanistan. A 2011 report by the United Nations concluded that the Afghanistan government has made few changes to uphold women’s rights. The report found that violence against women remains prevalent throughout the country. Continue reading →