- The Washington Times - Friday, August 16, 2013

An Afghanistan man on an honor-killing crusade fatally shot his wife this week when she went to the market without first obtaining his permission, a police spokesman said.

The incident took place in the northern region of Afghanistan, in the province of Kunduz, the Global Post reported. The man, identified in the report only as Khodaidad, fled after the shooting, police spokesman Sarwar Hussaini said.

His wife was 24 at the time of her death, and she had just returned from shopping in the Chahar Dara district, police said.

Police are trying to locate Khodaidad to question him in what they believe is a murder, the Global Post reported.


In May, members of the Afghan Parliament turned away a law that would have clamped down on crimes against women in the nation, which is ruled in spots by harsh Taliban laws that treat women as second-class citizens, often allowing their male abusers to go unpunished.

The Global Post reported that between March and October of 2012, police officials recorded more than 4,000 cases involving violence against women. That’s a 28 percent increase from the same period in 2011.