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Rise in Afghan women jailed for 'moral crimes': rights group

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The number of women jailed in Afghanistan for "moral crimes" such as fleeing abusive husbands has risen sharply, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday, undermining claims that the status of women has improved. 

Shafiyah -- a former Afghan prisoner -- poses for a photograph at a shelter for women in Kabul, on October 12, 2011. Shafiyah was imprisoned after fleeing from her husband. Human Rights Watch have warned that the number of women jailed in Afghanistan for "moral crimes" such as fleeing abusive husbands has risen sharply, undermining claims that the status of women has improved.

The campaign group said interior ministry statistics revealed that the number of women and girls convicted of "moral crimes" in the war-torn country increased by 50 percent over 18 months from 400 to 600.

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