Womankind Worldwide, a human rights group, stated that the majority of Afghan women are the victims of forced marriage. Furthermore, the majority of women in Afghanistan get married before the age of 16. The report released to the BBC also asserted that little to no change has occurred in Afghanistan for women since the Taliban was removed from power. BBC, No 'real change' for Afghan women:
An international women's rights group says guarantees given to Afghan women after the fall of the Taleban in 2001 have not translated into real change.
Womankind Worldwide says millions of Afghan women and girls continue to face systematic discrimination and violence in their households and communities.
Womankind Worldwide sent a film crew to Afghanistan to investigate the situation of women there.
They found a young Afghan woman crying in hospital who said she wanted to die. She was recovering after setting fire to herself.
Womankind Worldwide says there has been a dramatic rise in cases of self-immolation by Afghan women since 2003.
It believes many are the result of forced marriages, thought to account for about 60% to 80% of all Afghan marriages.
57% of girls are married before the legal marriage age of 16.
Domestic violence remains widespread.
At an Afghan women's shelter, a young woman told the film crew that she came to the shelter to forget life's troubles.
"I come here so I can ease the pain a little. When I am at home sometimes I feel as though someone is choking me," she told the film crew.
Womankind Worldwide says the Afghan authorities rarely investigate women's complaints of violent attacks.
Women reporting rape run the risk of being imprisoned for having sexual intercourse outside marriage.
You can be certain that out of the women who are forced to marry, each one is promptly taken home and raped by their new husband. The problem is not just the Taliban, the problem is Islam. That's why even with the Taliban out of power and with 'moderate' Muslims in control, 'moderate' Muslims supported by the Bush administration, the plight of women in Afghanistan has not changed.