"Taliban, groups threaten gains women made over past decade
Soraya Rahim Subhrang, the commissioner of the Women's Rights Unit at the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission, says she has received over the past four months reports of the killings of 52 women. Forty-two of the deaths were honor killings, in which a woman is killed because she is believed to have dishonored her family in some way. "In the history of Afghanistan, we have never had such a high number of honor killings," Subhrang said.
The Taliban approves of honor killings, but the group is not alone in carrying out the executions. This year, investigators in Kunduz province said a woman, 18, was chained to a wall, beaten for days and raped by members of the Afghan police.
"These horrific incidents are worst examples of the extreme violence Afghan women meet on a daily basis. Over recent months we have seen a sharp rise in recorded honor killings and extra-judicial killings of women across Afghanistan," Vygaudas Usackas, the European Union special representative for Afghanistan, said in a statement." http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/story/2012...