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Raped Afghan woman freed without condition of marrying attacker: Lawyer.

Kabul, Dec 3 (ANI): An Afghan women who was raped by her husband's cousin and was jailed for adultery has been set free without being pressurized to marry her attacker, according to her lawyer.

According to Kimberly Motley, Gulnaz's lawyer said that Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai office personally clarified that the women does not have to marry the man who attacked her honour in 2009.

Kimberly said that 21-year-old Gulnaz would be released with no pre-conditions and would then be free to marry whomever she chooses.

"She doesn't have plans for the future, she just wants to get out [of prison]," the BBC quoted Kimberly, as saying.

She added that Gulnaz had a "safe place" to go after her expected release.

Gulnaz was just 19-year old when she was convicted by a court for adultery in 2009 and was sentenced to serve 12-years in prison, even though she tried to prevent the attack.

Since than she is in Kabul's Badam Bagh Jail, serving out her sentence with her rapist's child.

The case has drawn international attention to the plight of many Afghan women ten years after the overthrow of the Taliban.

Human rights groups have pointed out that hundreds of women in Afghan jails are victims of rape or domestic violence. (ANI)

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Date:Dec 3, 2011
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