March 24, 2004
Desperate Afghan Makes an Ass Out of Himself
KABUL , March 16, 2004 (Reuters) - A frustrated
Afghan soldier who could not afford to get married has been released
without charge after being caught having sex with a donkey, police
said Tuesday. [See Hamid Taghavi's "Donkey
The soldier, who was not identified, was detained for several days last week
after a young boy spotted him with the animal in an abandoned house in the southeastern
town of Gardez.
"The man insisted he had no other choice but the donkey
because he could not afford to pay a dowry to get married," a local police
officer told Reuters.
The man had since been released without charge, he said.
In many parts of Afghanistan (news - web sites) men must pay at
least $3,000 to the parents of their prospective bride, making
marriage difficult for many
in a country where the average annual income is only a few hundred dollars.
Under the strict Islamic rule of the fundamentalist Taliban regime
overthrown in 2001,
sex outside of marriage or bestiality were punished by stoning to death or
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