But she apparently she didn’t have them stoned to death in accord with Islamic law. So relax: she’s a “moderate.” “Afghan ‘Woman of Courage’ hailed by Michelle Obama for defending women’s rights has actually JAILED 100 wives for ‘adultery,'” by Eddie Wrenn in the Daily Mail, October 22 (thanks to Anne Crockett):
Last year she was hailed as one of the most influential people in the world – a defender of women’s rights as Afghanistan’s only female head prosecutor.
Ms Bashir has been lauded by both Michelle Obama and Hilary Clinton – and she was one of ten women to receive a ‘Women of Courage’ Award in Washington last year.
But Maria Bashir’s reputation is now in doubt after the Times revealed that Ms Bashir is also the most prolific prosecutor of women for Afghanistan’s so-called ‘moral’ crimes, such as adultery.
While Ms Bashir campaigns against abuse husbands, more than half of the 172 women jailed in Afghanistan for sex outside of marriage (known as ‘zina’) have come from her province.
The Herat province’s population stands at an estimated 1.7million, and Afghanistan as a whole has a population of 35million.
Last week Ms Bashir, who became lead prosecutor in 2006, and has prosecuted nearly a thord of the 78 women jailed for murder in Afghanistan, was promoted to become Herat’s attorney-general.
The Times said diplomats are ‘shocked’ by the extraordinary tally of women imprisoned for adultery.
It further says that 101 out of 136 women serving in Herat’s women jail are there for adultery, one of the moral crimes which campaigners for women’s rights are trying to remove from Afghanistan.
When she received her award, the two presidential wives said: ‘Ms Bashir has waged a determined campaign against crime and corruption.
‘She stands out as a champion of judicial transparency and women’s rights, and exemplifies the resilience of Afghan women.’
When the Times contacted Ms Bashir, she said she was unaware that her prosecution rate was so much higer [sic] than other provinces, but blamed it on her province’s closeness to the border with Iran.
She said: ‘If it is higher it’s because we are bordered with Iran, which culturally influences Afghans.’
Of course. It is always someone else’s fault.