“Women in rural areas have no rights and no power to protect themselves”
Killings like the one seen in the video appear to be less common, but they are still happening and they are very brutal. They don’t happen so much in cities, where women are aware they have access to media and know that the West will sympathise with them and support them, which deters these kinds of aggressions. A lot of these injustices happen in rural areas, where they go largely unreported and are mostly dealt with on a very local level.Women in the countryside have no rights and no power to protect themselves. They are so repressed by the men, by the Taliban and by the fundamentalists, that no one can hear their voices. These women who are being raped, killed and abused need to have access to the justice system and need to be listened to. But unfortunately this is not happening. When the troop pull out happens in 2014, the situation will definitely get worse day by day all over the country because that will mean there will be less of a Western presence here.Even if the killing was an isolated event, there are other issues plaguing the region. Karzai has done little to improve women’s rights so far. Education is still a major problem and the growing use of drugs has also become a mounting issue over the last 11 years since the war began. Many of the women we see in Parwan Province are either widows or have husbands who are struggling with addiction, and it has become a big problem for families. Women are not taught to support themselves nor even know, let alone stand up for, their rights.I think Karzai’s decision to launch a manhunt for the woman’s killer is mostly a media campaign. If he’s hiding in the mountains, it will be very hard for them to find him. Even if they do there’s still a chance that he might get away because the authorities are corrupt and can be easily bribed. But we can hope for the best.