Karzai Orders Manhunt For Taliban Involved In Woman’s Public Execution

Afghan President Hamid Karzai ordered the arrest Monday of the Taliban who participated in the public execution of a woman accused of adultery. Shock and outrage have mounted since an amateur video surfaced of a burqa-clad woman sitting on the ground while a man standing a few feet away shoots her nine times before a cheering mob.

Officials in Afghanistan, where the amateur video was taken, believe the woman was executed because two Taliban commanders had a dispute over her, according to the governor of the province where the killing took place. Both apparently had some kind of relationship with the woman, Parwan province Gov. Abdul Basir Salangi said.

To save face, they accused her of adultery, Salangi told CNN on Sunday. Then they “faked a court to decide about the fate of this woman and in one hour, they executed the woman,” he added. Both Taliban commanders were subsequently killed by a third Taliban commander, Salangi said. Karzai called on officials to track down everyone involved, including those in the video.

The killing took place in the village of Qimchok in Shinwari district, just north of the capital of Kabul. Karzai described those involved in the shooting death as “cowards,” saying “such crimes are unforgivable both in Islam and under our country’s laws,” the statement from his press office said.

The public execution is the latest and among the most shocking examples of violence against women in Afghanistan, but it is far from an isolated case. Nearly nine out of 10 women suffer physical, sexual or psychological violence or forced marriage at least once in their lifetimes, Human Rights Watch said in its 2012 annual report.

Do you think those involved in the woman’s public execution will really be caught and punished? What reforms should be undertaken to raise the level of protection for the Afghan women?

Source: CNN

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Does PETA’s Racy Ad Promote Veganism or Violence?

PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) is known for its provocative ads–many of them featuring women in various states of undress–that aim to draw attention (however indirectly) to animal rights. But their latest ad, a Valentine’s Day video that warns women about the “dangers” of their boyfriends’ burgeoning veganism, may have crossed a line.

The ad, released online Monday, shows a limping, pantsless woman sporting a neckbrace, struggling to carry a bag of vegetables home from the store. (Unsurprisingly, we’ll warn that this ad may be a bit too racy for the eyes of younger viewers.)

A call to PETA revealed that the campaign was slated to be launched on Valentine’s Day; the accompanying BWVAKTBOOM.com website, launched Monday, includes “tips on how to have sex safely with vegans—such as mounting all TVs and mirrors securely to the wall.” But does the ad also promote violence against women?

“The piece is tongue-in-cheek,” Lindsay Rajt, PETA’s associate director of campaigns and outreach, told Yahoo News. “People who watch the ad all the way through see the woman has a mischievous smile. She’s happy to go back with him. It’s playful.”

“PETA is going for shock value here,” Michael Learmonth, digital editor at Advertising Age, wrote in an email to Yahoo News. “But I don’t think portraying women as beat up physically is a good idea, even in jest… These ads aren’t made for TV, so the strategy here is that they will cause controversy, trigger coverage, and go viral.”

Source: Yahoo News

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