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Afghan acid attack over marriage denial

2011-11-30 22:01

Kunduz - An Afghan family who refused to give their daughter in marriage to a man they considered irresponsible were attacked at home by unknown gunmen who beat the father and then poured acid over both parents and three children, officials said on Wednesday.

Eighteen-year-old Mumtaz, the oldest daughter, had been pursued by a local gunman who the family considered a troublemaker and bully. With her parents’ support, she turned him down and instead got engaged to a relative.

A few weeks later, six or seven armed men burst into their home in the Bulk Awal area of the northern Kunduz city - the largest in the region - in the middle of the night.

"First they beat her father and then they attacked with acid," said Mumtaz's mother, who asked not to be identified.

All five are now receiving medical treatment, said Abdul Shokor Rahimi, head of the Kunduz regional hospital.

"The father and oldest daughter are in critical condition as they have been attacked all over the body," Rahimi said.

Acid weapon

"Their mother and two daughters who are 14 and 13 have some wounds only in hands and faces."

Ghulam Mohammad Farhad, the senior police detective for Kunduz, promised to track down the attackers, who he called immoral and irresponsible.

"We have started an investigation and those who have attacked them will be prosecuted," he told reporters.

Acid is used intermittently as a weapon in Afghanistan, but not always against women. In the conservative, and Taliban influenced south and east, it has been thrown at girls attending schools.

With foreign combat troops set to return home by the end of 2014, some activists inside and outside Afghanistan fear that women's rights may be sacrificed in the scramble to ensure the West leaves behind a relatively stable state.

Men have also been targeted with acid.

In January, veteran Afghan journalist Abdul Razaq Mamon, a presenter, commentator and author, was left with burns to his hands and face after acid was thrown at him in Kabul.

Officials said that attack may have been politically motivated.

Comments
  • Jack - 2011-11-30 22:17

    Forced marriage...= Muslim beliefs....how dumb can you get!!!

      Zaahid Appoles - 2011-12-01 06:03

      C'mon Jacko..... We can call u also dumb but we wouldnt be doing justice to them would we? Forced marriage is not a Muslim thing. I am Muslim, wasnt forced. How many people in India have 'forced marriages'? How many in Asia? Are they all from the same religion? NO!!!! So perhaps one day when u can differentiate between culture and religion, dan praat ons weer.... Have a blessed day further.

      Fred - 2011-12-01 08:48

      I agree Jack. Forced marriage may not be just a "Muslim thing", Zaahid, but acid attacks and honour killings certainly are limited to the followers of the 'Religion of Peace'.

      Martin - 2011-12-01 10:02

      ... and forced conversions as well.

  • John - 2011-11-30 23:36

    @Jack..100% well said..When have we ever heard of a white muslim family doing something like this...Not on this forum so far....The sand dwellers are the primates of the desert...Same as in SA..Out the bush to soon..

  • Naeem Siddique - 2011-12-01 00:40

    come on guys, use your brain cell: this incident has got nothing to do with Muslim beliefs. it's an awful crime, and can never be condoned by anyone, including any self respecting Muslim. history is littered with numerous incidents in ALL cultures through out the world of revenge attacks/retribution where matters of the heart are concerned. as an example, one only needs think about the spate of family suicides in SA in the 80s & 90s that were almost exclusively in white afrikaner communities. I wouldn't go around blaming puritanical Christianity for it, or maybe I should.

      Fred - 2011-12-01 08:50

      Tell me with followers of other religions resort to acid attacks on young women and honour killing?

  • Breedlike - 2011-12-01 11:09

    Engaged to a relative - INCEST SICK!!!!!!

  • Warwick - 2011-12-01 11:27

    Engaged to a relative? Is this lot all interbred? Acid attacks on girls attending school. What is it with this so called religion? Are we really supposed to believe that they respect the rights of others (woman and girls) when on a daily basis the opposite is proven by these muslim men acting in the name of allah.

  • Silvana - 2011-12-01 12:34

    I am not an expert on religion, but I do not believe that anywhere in the Quran does it entitle a pig to do this to a girl who has refused his hand in marriage. This is not the first such case. They have absolutely no respect for women. In fact I think it say that a camel is more prised than a woman.

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