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An Afghan woman who was sentenced to prison after being raped by a relative — because in the eyes of authorities she had committed adultery — has been pardoned by President Hamid Karzai.But her freedom comes with a price, according to news reports: She must become the second wife of the man who attacked her. Karzai's office says the woman and her attacker both have agreed to the marriage.
The 21-year-old-woman had initially agreed to the condition she marry her attacker, her cousin's husband, under an earlier release offer but Kimberly Motley, one of her lawyers, told Al Jazeera the release granted this week did not depend on her going through with the marriage."Her release is not conditional," Motley said.Her attacker is serving a seven-year prison term for the crime.Motley said she hoped her client would be released shortly, and that there was a place for her in a women's shelter.