We have followed the plight of women in Afghanistan as both the Taliban and the government roll back on advances in women’s rights after the U.S. invasion. Now another disturbing video has surfaced where dozens of men cheer as a man pumps round afer round into a woman accused of adultery. As nine shots are fired into her, the men cheer “God is Great!” in ecstatic celebration, as shown in the video accompanying the article below. Notably, this killing took place not in some far off province but the village of Qimchok to the north of Kabul.
The burqa-clad woman is shown sitting on the rocky ground as the man pointing a rifle at her from a few feet away fires the shots into her. It is not until the third shot that she actually falls over. The scene thrills the dozens of men on a hillside who cheer: “God is great!”
To make this barbaric scene complete, it turns out that two Taliban commanders had a dispute over their claims to the woman. Parwan province governor Abdul Basir Salangi said that they decided to accuse her of adultery “in order to save face.” Both of those commanders were later killed by a third Taliban commander.
The Human Rights Watch has found that nearly nine out of 10 women suffer physical, sexual, or psychological violence or forced marriage at least once in their lifetimes.
If you recall, we previously discussed how our ally Hamid Karzai has called women secondary to men and harassed efforts to create shelters for women. Yet our men and women continue to fight in this country for a legal system that denies basic rights to women and religious minorities — as well as continuing to spend billions as we close programs for lack of funding in the U.S.