January 2015: At least 40 prisoners were released from the Kabul Women's Jail. The release is the result of a sweeping pardon President Ashraf Ghani issued for female prisoners in the capital on Eid-e-Milladunnabi, the birthday of Prophet Mohammad.
Among the inmates freed, there are some who claim they were wrongfully imprisoned. "Criminals should be treated as criminals, but not the innocent," one of the pardoned inmates named Zarmina told TOLOnews. "I served five and a half years without committing a crime." Many of the prisoners who maintained their innocence also claimed corruption in Afghanistan's legal and judicial institutions was to blame for the alleged injustice meted out against them. They argued real criminals and anti-government militants are able to bribe their way out of prison while ordinary, law-abiding women like are put away for things like running away from abusive households, calling on President Ghani to push for reform.
Status Updated By: Tolo News