Afghans rally for justice

Published Apr 15, 2012 12:59am

KABUL: Around 30 Afghans, half of them women, took to the streets of Kabul on Saturday to protest against the recent killing of five Afghan women.

The protesters held placards with slogans including “where is justice?” and “enforce law for violence against women”.

Fatima Saidi, a 17-year old protester, said: “We hold this rally on behalf of the Afghan women whose voices are not heard and we came to raise our voice against their killing.

“Even our government is not helping us to reduce violence against women,” she added.

Sadaf Fitrat, another protester, said: “Why is the violence against women continuing in Afghanistan? Women have the right to live, work and study just like men, then why are they being killed?”

Since March, three women have been killed in western Herat, one in Khost in the north, and one in Paktia in the south-east. More than 50 Afghan policemen equipped with shields were at the demonstration on Saturday..—AFP


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