Afghan father shoots daughters

2012-07-22 18:31

Kandahar - An Afghan man killed his two teenage daughters when they returned home four days after running away with a man in a southern village, police said on Sunday.

The father, who shot the girls, has been detained on murder charges in Nad Ali district in the southern province of Helmand, a hotbed of the Taliban insurgency, provincial police spokesperson Farid Ahmad Farhang told AFP.

"He killed two of his daughters. His daughters had run away with a young man four days ago. When they returned home their father killed them," Farhang said.

Police have issued an arrest warrant for the young man, who is said to be working as an interpreter with Nato forces in the southern province, Farhang said.

Relations between men and women outside marriage are strictly controlled under Islam and infringements are harshly punished by most families in the troubled Central Asian nation.

So-called "honour killing" is a common practice in Afghanistan, an ultra-conservative Islamic nation which has been at war for most of the past three decades.

The Taliban, an Islamic insurgent group waging war against the Western-backed government of President Hamid Karzai, recently publicly executed a young woman in a village near Kabul after she was accused of adultery.

The execution was widely condemned internationally after a shocking video of the killing surfaced in Afghan media. It showed a crowd cheering as a man shot the woman.

  • zaatheist - 2012-07-22 19:50

    Dishonourable, contemptible murder because they belong to a religion that reagrds and treats women as chattels.

      gemmy.reese - 2012-07-22 20:02

      No, you are wrong. Honour killings are not Islamic. This is tribalistic. I am not a born Muslim, do you think I, a white, over 21, fairly educated woman, would have chosed this religion if women where treated like this?? Yes, I chose my religion, I shopped around till I found one! If you bothered to read the Quran and do a little research, you will find that this would be condemned.

      storm.trooper.125 - 2012-07-23 08:00

      YOU DONT BLIEV IN A GOD,ALWAYS COMMENT ON RELIGION ARTICLES..U GOT SO MUCH CONFUSION,since u dont believe,why u always comment?? SHAME u fighting with yourself

  • tommo.too - 2012-07-22 23:54

    This is not about Islam. It is about male dominance out of control. The sooner women are liberated in Afghanistan the better for all.

      sdchilongwe - 2012-07-23 00:04

      It is about Islam \Relations between men and women outside marriage are strictly controlled under Islam and infringements are harshly punished by most families in the troubled Central Asian nation.\

      tommo.too - 2012-07-23 00:23

      No where does the Koran say that a father should kill his daughters. That is about Afghanistan.

      storm.trooper.125 - 2012-07-23 10:08

      DELETED MY COMMENT..i wil say again do ur research bfor u comment..all over ion islam countries they doing it..started with mohammed..following moses law

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-07-23 10:29

      Reports submitted to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights show that honor killings have occurred in Bangladesh, Great Britain, Brazil, Ecuador, Egypt, India, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Pakistan, Morocco, Sweden, Turkey, and Uganda. In countries not submitting reports to the UN, the practice was condoned under the rule of the fundamentalist Taliban government in Afghanistan, and has been reported in Iraq and Iran.

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