"British Foreign Secretary William Hague said he was "shocked and disgusted", with the government condemning the "deplorable" action and calling upon Afghanistan's rulers to bring the perpetrators to justice. "Such deplorable actions underline the vital need for better protection of the rights of women and girls in Afghanistan," Mr Hague said in a statement. The foreign minister explained that the British government was working with its Afghan counterparts, NGOs and international partners to improve the status of women in Afghanistan.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton earlier made a powerful plea for the rights of women in the war-ravaged nation after the horrific video emerged. Mrs Clinton, who was addressing a world conference on Afghanistan's future, in Tokyo, said: "The United States believes strongly that no nation can achieve peace, stability and economic growth if half the population is not empowered."