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All Rights Reserved. 8 | Afghanistan • Hudud (crimes that threaten the existence of Islam), which include Sariqah (theft); Hirabah (armed robbery or armed rebellion); Zina (adultery and sex outside of marriage); Qadhf (an unsupported accusation of Zina); Sharb alKhamr (intoxication); and Riddah (apostasy). • Qissass, which are intentional crimes committed against an individual’s person and could include murder, manslaughter, or bodily harm. If there is a lack of evidence to try the individual under Islamic law, then the case is reclassified as a Tazir crime and comes under the jurisdiction of the Penal Code.

The Ministry of the Interior in 2006 reported 134 cases of rape against women and 103 against male children in 2006. S. State Department report. Again the true number is likely significantly higher. It is also reported that forced marriages and abductions are common crimes committed by former warlords and their militia. Other A 2006 study by the Centre for Strategic International Studies interviewed 1,000 Afghans; the major conclusion was that the majority of all crimes are unreported. The results indicated increase in theft in both rural and urban areas and a rise in burglaries in Kabul.

Hazaras pay no extra fine other than an apology, while in the Nuristan Province the extra fine can be anywhere between two and five times the worth of the object and a sheep must be slain at the house of the victim. • With regard to domestic violence, in the Pashtun regions if a husband beats a wife, the husband must pay the wife’s father a fine or in the case of murder, the father may kill the perpetrator. © 2011 ABC-Clio. All Rights Reserved. 12 | Afghanistan Furthermore, many rural areas of Afghanistan are controlled by former militia warlords and insurgents, including, but not exclusively, the Taliban.

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