Personal Liberty Digest™ will be upgraded this weekend to reflect a dynamic new look and mobile-friendly viewing to enhance your experience! Plus, we'll be providing even more of the compelling content you've come to expect, delivered in a whole new way!

  Comments Subscribe to Personal Liberty News Feed Subscribe to Personal Liberty
 

Afghan Teens Face Death For Illicit Love

HERAT, Afghanistan, July 31 (UPI) — A teenage couple are in an Afghan jail and facing death threats from their own families for trying to marry across ethnic lines.

The girl, Halima Mohammedi, and the boy, Rafi Mohammed, both 17, met last year at an ice cream factory where she worked in the western city of Herat, The New York Times reports.

After a year of secret courtship, the boy, an ethnic Tajik, went to the Hazara girl’s village to take her to a courthouse to wed and was set upon by a mob of 300 people accusing the pair of fornication, and nearly killed.

“We knew they would kill us,” Mohammedi said.

When police tried to intervene, witnesses said, the crowd attacked them, burned their cars and stormed their police station.

The provincial council has decreed the young lovers deserve protection because neither was engaged to anyone else, and both say they want to wed.

The pair are now in separate wings of Herat’s juvenile prison, but face a worse fate if they get out.

Mohammedi’s uncle visited her to tell her she had disgraced the family and would be killed once she was released. Her father cried during two visits, but said, “What we would ask is that the government should kill both of them.”

“I feel so bad,” Mohammedi said. “I just pray that God gives this girl back to me. I’m ready to lose my life. I just want her safe release.”

UPI - United Press International, Inc.

Since 1907, United Press International (UPI) has been a leading provider of critical information to media outlets, businesses, governments and researchers worldwide.

Facebook Conversations

Join the Discussion:
View Comments to “Afghan Teens Face Death For Illicit Love”

Comment Policy: We encourage an open discussion with a wide range of viewpoints, even extreme ones, but we will not tolerate racism, profanity or slanderous comments toward the author(s) or comment participants. Make your case passionately, but civilly. Please don't stoop to name calling. We use filters for spam protection. If your comment does not appear, it is likely because it violates the above policy or contains links or language typical of spam. We reserve the right to remove comments at our discretion.

Is there news related to personal liberty happening in your area? Contact us at newstips@personalliberty.com

Bottom
close[X]

Sign Up For Personal Liberty Digest™!

PL Badge

Welcome to PersonalLiberty.com,
America's #1 Source for Libertarian News!

To join our group of freedom-loving individuals and to get alerts as well as late-breaking conservative news from Personal Liberty Digest™...

Privacy PolicyYou can opt out at any time. We protect your information like a mother hen. We will not sell or rent your email address to anyone for any reason.