Afghan poet beaten to death

25-year-old died at the hands of her husband.

Published November 8, 2005 6:27PM (EST)

The New York Times reported yesterday the death of 25-year-old Afghan poet Nadia Anjuman. The 25-year-old rising literary star died this weekend after being knocked unconscious by her husband, Farid Ahmad Majid Mia. Anjuman was an undergraduate student of literature at Herat University, and this year published her first collection of poems, "Gule Dudi." Her husband was an administrator in the literature department of the same university.

Anjuman's death was condemned by the United Nations. A spokesman for the organization told that Times that her passing was a great loss to Afghanistan, and that "anyone found responsible [for her death] needs to be dealt with in proper accordance with law."

By Rebecca Traister

Rebecca Traister writes for Salon. She is the author of "Big Girls Don't Cry: The Election that Changed Everything for American Women" (Free Press). Follow @rtraister on Twitter.

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