Girl's throat slit over refusal to wed

2012-11-29 13:01

Kunduz - Two men have been arrested for slitting the throat of a 15-year-old Afghan girl after her family refused a marriage proposal, police said on Thursday.

The girl was carrying water from a river to her village home in northern Kunduz province on Wednesday when she was murdered, police spokesperson Sayed Sarwar Hussaini said.

"The two men attacked her and slit her throat with a knife," he said. "They were arrested and are in police custody."

Hussaini said one of the suspects had proposed marriage to the girl but her family had rejected the offer.

Extreme violence against women and girls remains a major problem in the conservative Muslim nation more than a decade after US-led troops brought down the notoriously brutal Taliban Islamist regime.


According to figures by British charity organisation Oxfam, 87% of Afghan women report having experienced physical, sexual or psychological violence or forced marriage.

Last month a 20-year-old woman was beheaded by her husband's family in the western province of Herat after she refused to become a prostitute, police said. Four people were arrested over the brutal killing.

And in September, five people were arrested over the public flogging of a 16-year-old girl for allegedly having an affair.

The girl was whipped 100 times in front of village elders and family members in central Ghazni province. Her alleged boyfriend was fined.

Unmarried girls are often confined to the home and forbidden from maintaining any contact with men outside the immediate family.

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  • earthian.earthian - 2012-11-29 13:33

    What a wonderfull religion....!

      dayaan.deskay - 2012-11-29 14:07

      This has got nothing to do with religion it is barbaric custom and traditions that all humans should abhor. Please read the other comments i have made.

      cleve.fletcher - 2012-11-29 16:25

      Ain't it just! The "Religion of Peace"!

  • coenraad.vanderwesthuizen.3 - 2012-11-29 13:39

    Examples of a barbaric, primitive and mentally unstable society that have lost the plot completely...

  • Moi - 2012-11-29 14:34

    Absolutely tragic! That poor child. RIP little one. Something needs to be done, but unfortunately, in a country where the men seem to feel they're entitled to do as they please, when they please, change will not come about anytime soon.

      geoffrey.losper - 2012-12-02 19:01

      I think change will come when females rule those countries and that day will come.

      Moi - 2012-12-03 15:26

      I don't think that day can come soon enough.

  • lielie.smit - 2012-11-29 16:15

    It's a people that's barbaric, not the faith. You can't blame the Henning murder on Christianity just because it is mostly a Christian country. People do this, not a religion. I have friends who are Muslim and they are absolutely horrified at what is happening over there. They feel you can't use a religion as excuse to act like an animal

  • ft.burhaak - 2012-11-29 18:26

    This is tragic,and im sure all muslims deplore this action.Its not fair to blame Islam for this,and the people who commited this crime ,have got a serious problem ,with the God of Islam.

  • yusuf.ismail.5667 - 2012-11-29 19:32

    It's not Islam and its not fair to blame religion, most of the criminals are black, we can't say that all blacks are crooks.

      Bob.Cee123 - 2012-11-29 20:04

      Simple and unavoidable fact is the world sees violent, vandalous protests & riots erupt in Islamic communities worldwide, at the drop of a hat, with uncanny coordination and aggression, whenever people draw pictures of the Islamic prophet. Yet, where are the worldwide protests & riots in worldwide Islamic communities against something infinitely worse? Why, because the worldwide Islamic community knows full well that this type of atrocity occurs vastly more often amongst Islamic communities yet appears silent in response, at least in comparison to the manic, neurotic fervor with which they appear to be prepared to spill out into the streets at a moment's notice whenever a sketch of Mohamed is published.

      roger.kaputnick.90 - 2012-11-29 21:38

      More madness from the muslims.

      cleve.fletcher - 2012-11-30 11:33

      @Bob.Cee123: The silence from Mr Ismail is deafening....

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-11-29 22:43

    Religion, tribal heritage, traditions???????? Slavery.

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