Afghanistan's Hunted Women

Channel 4: Unreported World


Krishnan Guru-Murthy and director Wael Dabbous gain rare access to the network of secret houses in Kabul sheltering women in danger from violent husbands and families.

Improving women’s rights was supposed to be one of the great legacies of Britain’s involvement in Afghanistan, but Unreported World reveals that as international forces start to pull out, powerful religious hardliners are trying to roll back new laws that protect women.

Traditionally, women fleeing violent husbands have been falsely accused of adultery and jailed and many still are. However, women’s shelters became legal in Afghanistan following the passing of a new law to tackle violence against women.  But now, religious conservatives are trying to overturn the law and close the shelters down.


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