Posted at 03:15 PM ET, 12/15/2011

Afghan rape victim freed, may not have to marry her attacker

Gulnaz, an Afghan woman who was convicted of adultery after she was raped, has been released from jail, and her attorney says she may not have to marry the attacker.

Gulnaz and her child. (CNN)
It was initially reported that Gulnaz would only be released only if she married the man who raped her. Gulnaz became pregnant from the rape and carried the child to term. In Afghan culture, a woman can legitimize a child born out of wedlock by marrying the father, even if the child was brought about by rape.

But CNN reports that Gulnaz’s attacker, who is her husband’s cousin, will will be in jail for another five years. And Gulnaz’s attorney, Kimberley Motley, tells AFP: “As far as I know there has never been an Afghan wedding in jail.”

Motley also said the Gulnaz was “pretty clear that she did not want to marry her attacker.”

Afghan President Hamid Karzai pardoned Gulnaz two weeks ago after she served two and a half years of a 12-year prison sentence. She is now staying in a women’s shelter in Kabul.

Watch the CNN report with Gulnaz:

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