South Asians for Human Rights

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SHARANA: When 18-year-old Fawzia was convicted of elopement and adultery, a local Afghan court in the southeastern province of Paktika sentenced her to jail.

She soon discovered that she would not be serving the 18-month sentence in a government-run prison, but in the house of a tribal elder where she would work as an unpaid domestic servant, entirely under his control.

“I was treated like an animal and kept like a slave,” Fawzia told Reuters in Sharana, the provincial capital of Paktika.

Updated On: October 11, 2016