Gulnaz, a 21 year old girl from Afghanistan was raped 2 years ago by her cousins’ husband. Fearing what would happen to her, she did not come forward right away. After realizing she was pregnant, she went to the police to tell them about the rape. At the time of the rape, her attacker was married and this landed Gulnaz in jail for adultery. She is currently raising her child in jail and has another year to serve. Her 12 year sentenced was reduced to 3 only when she agreed to marry her attacker. People have formed a petition, which has almost 5,000 signatures on it now, in order to get Gulnaz released.
While reading this article, I thought about the topics we talk about in class such as racism in America and it makes it so hard to believe sometimes that some countries are in the same position we were in decades ago. This is a perfect example of how in some countries women don’t have rights and are accused of things, such as adultery, that are far from being their fault.