December 14th, 2011
09:23 AM ET

Jailed Afghan rape victim freed

An Afghan woman imprisoned for adultery after a relative raped her has been freed after President Hamid Karzai intervened on her behalf.

The woman, identified only as Gulnaz for her own protection, had been sentenced to prison for 12 years after she reported that her cousin's husband had raped her two years ago. Wednesday, she was free, at a women's shelter in Kabul, with her daughter.

Her plight gained international attention when the European Union blocked the broadcast of a documentary about her ordeal, saying it would further jeopardize her safety.

After the attack two years ago, Gulnaz hid what happened as long as she could. She was afraid of reprisals. But soon she began vomiting in the mornings and showing signs of pregnancy. It was her attacker's child.

In Afghanistan, this brought her not sympathy, but prosecution. She was found guilty by the courts of sex outside of marriage - adultery - and sentenced to 12 years in jail. She was only 19.

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  1. Hah!

    No one on this site has made a joke about this woman's plight, Laurance Ringo. The only joke here is you.

    December 15, 2011 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
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