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Afghan women in Kabul prison over 'moral' crimes

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Female prisoner Fauzia is the oldest woman in Badam Bagh, Afghanistan's central women's prison, and has served already seven years in jail. She will serve a 17-year sentence for killing her husband and her daughter-in-law. "I was in one room. I came into the next room and they were there having sexual relations. I found a big knife and killed them both," she said in a voice empty of emotion.

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Afghan female prisoner Mariam at Badam Bagh, Afghanistan's central women's prison, in Kabul, Afghanistan. Mariam left her husband and hoped her husband's cousin could help her and give shelter. Instead he raped her. Mariam shot him afterward in the head and turned the gun on herself. She woke up in the hospital three days later and was brought from there to the prison.

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The majority of the 202 women packed in an Afghanistan prison are serving sentences of up to seven years for leaving their husbands, refusing to accept a marriage arranged by their parents, or choosing to leave their parents' home with a man of their choice -- all so-called "moral" crimes.
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    • Female prisoner Fauzia is the oldest woman in Badam Bagh, Afghanistan’s central women’s prison, and has served already seven years in jail. She will serve a 17-year sentence for killing her husband and her daughter-in-law. “I was in one room. I came into the next room and they were there having sexual relations. I found a big knife and killed them both,” she said in a voice empty of emotion.
    • Afghan female prisoner Mariam at Badam Bagh, Afghanistan’s central women’s prison, in Kabul, Afghanistan. Mariam left her husband and hoped her husband’s cousin could help her and give shelter. Instead he raped her. Mariam shot him afterward in the head and turned the gun on herself. She woke up in the hospital three days later and was brought from there to the prison.
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