Letters: Dec. 24, 2001

Lifting the Veil

Your stories about women under Taliban oppression in Afghanistan were heartbreaking [SPECIAL REPORT, Dec. 3]. Denied the most basic human rights, a woman is "owned" first by her father, then by her husband. Her life is only as good as the man who owns her at the moment, and she has absolutely no way of changing her future. Any attempt by the West to free the enslaved women of Afghanistan is not cultural imperialism but a moral imperative. DEBORAH WASSER Little Silver, N.J.

Oppressive acts against women, including physical abuse, rape and economic control, are prevalent in all...

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