"Forced marriages are at the root of many of the murders committed by women in Afghanistan," reports Sohaila Weda Khamosh for Inter Press Service News Agency. "The number of Afghan women being jailed for murder has been increasing every year, officials say. More than a quarter of the 700 women in prison are serving murder sentences."
Poverty, forced marriages, inequality and narcotics abuse contribute to the violence.
The women in Fear of Beauty, though, are comfortable with arranged marriages: "Our
village, like others, had a tradition of sending women to other communities for
marriage. The groom provided gifts, based on a daughter’s beauty and skill, in
exchange for a bride, and paid for the wedding. The system worked and kept
families stable. Sending us off alone, to adjust in far-off villages, increased
a young woman’s dependence on her husband. The system reduced gossip about the
prices paid for women, and men understood from the start that the women of
their own village were out of reach."
Perhaps the mothers of sons are more comfortable with arranged marriages than the mothers of daughters.
Troop Scoop reports on US efforts to improve prisons in Afghanistan, including Zabul Prison, and establish a consistent and fair system for the rule of law:
Rule of Law project is central to a safe and secure Zabul,' said 2SCR
trial prosecutor, Capt. Harrison Kennedy, about a delivery of basic supplies to Zabul Prison to equip guards and improve living conditions for prisoners. Whether
it's providing blankets for inmates or forensic training for judicial
prosecutors, the Rule of Law program is making great strides in helping
the GoA establish a justice system that ensures the rights for the
people of Afghanistan."
Photo of a security assignment outside Zabul Prison, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons and US Staff Sargent Brian Ferguson.