Cleric Arrested on Charges of Killing a Woman by Issuing Fatwa in Badghis

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Local security officials of Badghis province on Tuesday said that they have arrested a Mullah (Cleric) on charges of issuing "Fatwa" against a woman and ordering to kill her in April this year.

The officials said that the Mullah issued a "Fatwa" against a woman named Halima accusing her of having illicit relationship with a man in Kokchail village of the province. As per the orders of the cleric, Halima was shot dead in presence of the villagers.

According to reports, the accused cleric, Abdul Ghafoor, had handed over a gun to Halima's father asking him to kill is 20-year-old daughter in full public view.

"This is cruelty and we are trying to arrest those who set-up their own courts and kill women. We have to implement stringent laws on them," said Ahmadullah Alizai, Badghis Governor.

Meanwhile, the man who had an affair with Halima has not been arrested until now.

The Provincial Council members criticized the security officials over their failure to handle the case of Halima. The Council members said that several people including Halima's father were behind the killing of his daughter.

The Provincial Council members condemned the judgments given out by such courts and sought stringent punishments for the culprits.

"The Mullah issued a fatwa and killed the woman which is not acceptable to the people," said Haji Abdul Naser, a member of the Badghis Provincial Council.

"The security officials of Badghis did nothing to arrest the people who were behind this killing," said Mawllawi Abdul Baset Saram, member of the Provincial Council.

Several human rights organisations and women rights activists condemned the act and urged the government to arrest the criminals and punish them severely.

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