22 May 2013

More Afghan women jailed for 'moral crimes'

11:42 am on 22 May 2013

Campaign group Human Rights Watch says the number of women and girls in Afghanistan imprisoned for "moral crimes" has risen by 50% in the past 18 months.

The group says many are jailed for running away from home, often from forced marriages or domestic violence, the BBC reports.

Others are behind bars as a result of alleged adultery, in truth often involving rape, it said.

The government should "get tough on abusers of women and stop blaming women who are crime victims", said HRW.

It said 600 women and girls were now imprisoned for "moral crimes" - the highest since the US-led overthrow of the Taliban 12 years ago.

About 110 of those were girls under 18.