The lawns were apparently gruesome places: Afghan officials state Shirin Gul brought home the guys who hired her for sex and fed them drug-spiked tea and kebabs; 27 of them ended up dead, buried in one of 2 backyards after her relatives robbed and killed them, the New York Timesreported at 2015.
The BBC in 2005 called her “Afghanistan’s most notorious woman prisoner”: Gul is serving a life sentence and so also, in consequence, is her 11-year-old daughter. Composing for the Times, Rod Nordland clarifies the young Meena’s situation “is extreme, but not unique;” hundreds of children are believed to be behind bars along with their mothers in the nation.
Afghanistan’s female prisoners are permitted to keep their children with them till the offspring hit age 18; in several scenarios, there isn’t any alternative for care. That’s the case with Meena, whom Gul conceived while in prison, apparently via a prison guard, with Gul accused of getting pregnant so as to escape her first sentence death by hanging. After having the child, her sentence was really commuted to life.
Nordland describes a kid who has never stepped foot outside the Nangarhar Provincial Prison in Jalalabad, and probably won’t for another seven decades. She looks throughout the article as a sweet and polite transparency for her “brash” mum, whom she informs Nordland she won’t leave. Gul at one point informs Nordland, “I’ll kill you. I’m going to come over there and take out your eyes.” Meena, alongside her, provides a serene “shh.”