Target: U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan
Goal: Protect Afghani women from being jailed for crimes committed against them
Women in Kabul, Afghanistan are being imprisoned on the basis of moral crimes. The term ‘moral crime’ encompasses actions such as being raped, fleeing from an abusive home, asking for a divorce, and refusing to participate in a forced marriage. Demand that these women be released and allowed to leave a country which is not conducive to their mental or physical well being.
Marium, a young woman in Kabul, recently called on her abusive husband for help. She had gotten herself lost after running away from him, and he was the only one she could turn to. But instead of coming himself, he sent his friend to pick her up. The man who came to pick Mariam up held her at gun point and raped her. When he was distracted, she seized the gun, killing him, and then turned it on herself. Now, she lives in a prison in Kabul, waiting for a court date.
It should be apparent to anyone that she is the victim, yet many women like her are being imprisoned for these so called moral crimes. Sixty-two children live in the same jail Mariam currently resides in, imprisoned with their mothers. Nuria, a woman with a child of her own, was arrested for trying to divorce her husband in favor of another man.
Adia tried to leave her drug addicted husband, but her parents refused to shelter her. In the end, she went to the courts, and was sentenced to six years in jail. After her appeal, she has been sentenced to seven and a half years.
These women and many others like them have been wrongfully imprisoned. Being raped, trying to get a divorce, refusing to marry someone who is abusive, none of these are crimes worthy of imprisonment. Please sign this petition in order to bring these women and their children one step closer to freedom.
Dear James B. Cunningham,
Please take measures to release the women in Kabul accused of moral crimes. I understand customs are different in other cultures, but some things are universally wrong, and these women who have fled abusive relationships and forced marriages should not be imprisoned in cold, dank cells. This is especially true for their children.
If these brave women cannot be released in a swift manner , or if releasing them would only be putting them back into a dangerous environment, please create a system of alternative housing that would ensure their safety and wellbeing.
Thank you for your time.
[Your Name Here]
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