Afghan parliament’s advisor and TV presenter Meena Mangal murdered in broad daylight

Mina Mangal political adviser and former prominent TV presenter was murdered in broad daylight in Afghanistan. She was shot dead in close range in Kabul on Saturday.

Afghan politicians and women’s rights activists are demanding justice. The Chief Executive of Afghanistan Abdullah Abdullah has vowed that her killers would be caught.

The motive of the murder still remains unclear but one line of inquiry is a family dispute.

The interior minister on Saturday released a statement saying Ms. Mangal, who was on her way to work as an adviser for the Afghan parliament’s cultural affairs commission, and she was shot dead around 7:20 local time.

Afghanistan’s Supreme Court, and civil society groups including the commission into violence against women, asked for a serious investigation into her killings. Ms. Mangal recently posted on Facebook that she had received threats and feared for her life, a prominent women’s rights activist Wazhma Frogh wrote on Twitter.

Mangal separated from her husband two years ago, with her family filing a complaint alleging domestic violence at the time. The case was referred to a family violence court and later dropped.  The police were continuing their investigation into the murder and have not identified any suspects.

The killing focused attention on the violence against women in Afghanistan. Many fear that woman’s freedom rights could be jeopardised by the peace agreement with Taliban militants, who are currently in negotiations with the United States.

Source : Various