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Tortured Afghan girl wants in-laws jailed

2012-01-07 22:00

Kabul - A 15-year-old Afghan girl who was tortured for months after her arranged marriage has spoken out for the first time since her rescue, saying she hopes her husband and his family are jailed for her abuse.

Sahar Gul became the bruised and bloodied face of women's rights in Afghanistan after she was rescued in late December when an uncle called police.

Speaking in an interview on Saturday from a hospital in Kabul, Gul blamed her husband, his parents and his sister for her ordeal.

"I want them to be in jail," she said. "They gave me electric shock... They beat me with cables and tortured me."

She is being treated for multiple injuries that include broken fingers and ripped-out fingernails.

Police in Baghlan province where Gul was rescued have said her in-laws locked her up and tortured her after she refused to work as a prostitute.

Her husband's parents and sister have been arrested. They deny any wrongdoing.

Authorities have issued an arrest warrant for her husband, who serves in the Afghan army.

Her doctor, Feriba Omarzada, said Gul is recovering but is still traumatized.

Guls' story has shocked Afghanistan and prompted calls for more efforts to end underage marriage.

The legal marriage age in Afghanistan is 16, but the United Nations agency UN Women estimates that half of all girls are forced to marry under age 15.

Comments
  • frangelico - 2012-01-07 22:18

    Each person who had a hand in torturing this poor young girl should be executed,failing that,alife sentence & I mean life.Anyone who can treat a woman(child in this case)in such a digracefull way has no place in society.

      Imvubu - 2012-01-07 22:57

      I agree with frangelico fully. Public execution would be in order.

      Landi Coetzee - 2012-01-08 01:01

      amen to that!! sick crazy people!!

      Sharkshoot - 2012-01-08 10:37

      Shows what weak spineless people the Afghans are. The Pakistanis even treat them like second class citizens.

      infijar.ken - 2012-01-08 12:23

      Sharkshoot, are you seriously as moronic as your handle would have us believe? You know absolutely nothing about the place, nor the communities that live there. You obviously know bugger all about the extremely Liberal society that used to exist in Kabul, prior to he collapse of the Soviet invasion. Where Christians, Moslems,, Jews and Hindus lived in harmony. Where women could walk the streets in short floral dresses, during the searing het of the summer months. I could go on and on, but it would be wasted on your bigoted mind. Why didn't you just advocate the girl be stoned?

      Sharkshoot - 2012-01-08 19:14

      Not at all. I have beeen there for almost two years now. I also know they are arrogant...much like you dingleberry.

      infijar.ken - 2012-01-09 15:12

      Two years, during time of occupation. How do you expect people who have been invaded to react? Kowtow to the Grat Warriors? I, at least, lived and worked there before the Great Satan took umbrage and invaded an innocent country because they couldn't kick their Arab friends! I have seen how the real Afghanistan was, and how it could be if arrogant gits like you left the country to its own self determination.

  • Phil - 2012-01-08 01:41

    This is sick. She will always be a scared little girl. Tragic.

  • TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-01-08 03:34

    Interesting that people complain of a lack of news on N24 - yet they would rather comment on Juju and forget what is happening in the rest of the World. 5 comments, and Juju has more than a 1000? This guy is going places.

      Garth - 2012-01-08 06:35

      That is because we have commented on this occurrence, in a far-away place, before. What fat-boy does affects us here at home. When this story first broke it released a storm of anti-islam comments and rebuttals of those comments. Do not be so quick to judge, especially when you are the one this is out of the loop.

      Sharkshoot - 2012-01-08 10:38

      That's because we all want him 6 foot under...where deep down he's gonna finally be useful for something....compost.

  • elli.edwards - 2012-01-08 08:00

    Every person who reads this article should not only comment on the cruelty but inundate "http://www.equalitynow.org/" to take action on this girls behalf

  • Andile Oscar Mtshiselwa - 2012-01-08 08:12

    Hawu(thats what a Zulu man would say)I thought this barbaric exercise was only happening in the rural villages of the Transkei only. Together we can fight this crime.Why are this girls parents not charged?

      Sharkshoot - 2012-01-08 10:40

      If the husband or his family is in any way connected to a warlord or someone in government, this issue will never see the light of day. That's how it works in Afghanistan.

      infijar.ken - 2012-01-08 12:24

      Sharkshoot, you really are an odious character!

      Sharkshoot - 2012-01-08 19:31

      It's the reality of Afghanistan cretin. Stop romanticising Afghanistan..this is not the 80's Philistine. Warlords exist in every town and even control more than half the seats in government. The ANP (Afghan National Police) will not touch any man even remotely associated with criminal elements for fear of assasination. Catch a wake up and smell the dirty Afghan flipflops.

      infijar.ken - 2012-01-09 15:14

      Sharkshoot, why is the country ravaged by Warlords, who let the dogs out? Not the afghans, that is for sure.

  • crismoyo - 2012-01-08 08:14

    So sad. Why is ths world so cruel to women?

      Lloyd - 2012-01-08 11:57

      it's not the world.....sadly it's the culture/ religion...

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