Afghan President pardons imprisoned rape victim

Last Updated: Thursday, December 1, 2011 - 23:19

Kabul: Afghan President Hamid Karzai is pardoning an Afghan woman serving a 12-year prison sentence for having sex out of wedlock after she was raped by a relative.
Karzai`s office also said the woman and her attacker agreed to marry. That would reverse an earlier decision by the woman, who had previously refused a judge`s offer of freedom if she agreed to wed the rapist.
Thursday`s statement says Karzai decided to forgive the rest of the woman`s sentence after hearing from judicial officials. It`s not clear how much time the woman has served.

Her plight was highlighted in a documentary blocked by the European Union because it feared the women profiled would be endangered by its release.

More than 5,000 people signed a petition urging Karzai to release her.

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First Published: Thursday, December 1, 2011 - 23:19

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