Hard to believe Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton managed to be bamboozled by some Afghan shyster, huh? These are two of the most dazzlingly “brilliant” women on the planet, yet wind up looking like complete idiots.
Last year she was hailed as one of the most influential people in the world – a defender of women’s rights as Afghanistan’s only female head prosecutor.
Ms Bashir has been lauded by both Michelle Obama and Hilary Clinton – and she was one of ten women to receive a ‘Women of Courage’ Award in Washington last year.
But Maria Bashir’s reputation is now in doubt after the Times revealed that Ms Bashir is also the most prolific prosecutor of women for Afghanistan’s so-called ‘moral’ crimes, such as adultery.
While Ms Bashir campaigns against abuse husbands, more than half of the 172 women jailed in Afghanistan for sex outside of marriage (known as ‘zina’) have come from her province.
The Herat province’s population stands at an estimated 1.7million, and Afghanistan as a whole has a population of 35million.
Last week Ms Bashir, who became lead prosecutor in 2006, and has prosecuted nearly a thord of the 78 women jailed for murder in Afghanistan, was promoted to become Herat’s attorney-general.
The Times said diplomats are ‘shocked’ by the extraordinary tally of women imprisoned for adultery.
It further says that 101 out of 136 women serving in Herat’s women jail are there for adultery, one of the moral crimes which campaigners for women’s rights are trying to remove from Afghanistan.