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Afghan Women Protest Against Public Execution


Dozens of women have rallied in Kabul to condemn violence against women.

The protest on July 11 follows the public execution of a young married Afghan woman in Parwan Province who was accused of adultery.

Afghanistan's Women's Affairs Ministry described the rally as a "silent protest."

Several Afghan lawmakers joined the women as they marched on UN headquarters in Kabul.

The execution of the 22-year-old woman has caused global outrage.

Video footage shows the woman being shot dead as a crowd of men cheer.

Afghan authorities have blamed the execution on Taliban militants. The Taliban says it was not involved and that the woman's trial was not in accordance with Shari'a law.

President Hamid Karzai condemned the killing as un-Islamic and unforgivable.

Based on reporting by AFP and RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan

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