Afghan Chastity Checks


If Human Rights Watch is correct–and there's no reason to believe they're not–kicking out the Taliban hasn't necessarily done much to improve the status of women in Afghanistan.

As Reuters reports,

Many Afghan women are still subject to the same abuse as under the ousted Taliban and in some regions, such as the west of the country, face increasing harassment, a human rights group said on Tuesday.

Human Rights Watch, in a 52-page report, singled out warlord Ismail Khan in the city of Herat, instrumental in helping the United States topple the Taliban, for bundling women back into the all-enveloping burka and forcing them to undergo "chastity checks."

The HRW report is available online here.

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  1. Anyone want to take any bets on how long it will take for a resurgent Taliban, or something similar, chases Kharzi out and takes over.

    I’m giving it 3 years… tops.

  2. It depends if any of Karzi’s foriegn friends actually back him up. The only reason it hasn’t happened already is that the warlords are too busy with each other and don’t want to find out if the US will back up Karzi or not yet.

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