Afghan woman freed from jail – but only after agreeing to marry rapist

“An Afghan woman imprisoned for adultery after being raped by a relative is going free — but only because she agreed to marry the man who assaulted her.

The 19-year-old woman, named only as Gulnaz, became high-profile after an EU-funded documentary film on her case was censored by diplomats who feared for her welfare.

As attention to Gulnaz’s case rose, Afghan President Hamid Karzai was forced to intervene, announcing that she would be released if she agreed to mediation with her attacker. That mediation resulted in the current decision: that she be freed if she marries her rapist, a move her supporters say she feared.”

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