father-in-law only to be told by prosecutors to withdraw it or risk imprisonment herself.
In July, some 50 women and men also took to the streets of Kabul to protest the public killing of an Afghan woman accused of adultery. A video of her gruesome, execution-style killing showed the woman being shot multiple times in Parwan province, north of the Afghan capital, as people stood nearby, smiling and cheering.
The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights commission also recorded more than 4,000 cases of violence against women from March 21 to Oct. 21 last year, but most were not reported to police.
"Women don't have a bright future and the government isn't doing enough to protect them,'' said Faryaa Hashimi, a 20-year-old student at the march. "We are calling on the international community and Afghan government to protect the women.''