Relative of disfigured Afghan teen held

2010-12-08 11:59

Kabul - The father-in-law of a young Afghan woman who said her nose and ears were sliced off to punish her for running away from her violent husband has been arrested, the Afghan Interior Ministry said on Wednesday.

The woman, Aisha, gained worldwide attention when she appeared on the August 9 cover of Time magazine.

Under orders from a Taliban commander acting as a judge, she was disfigured last year as punishment for fleeing her husband's home, according to Time's story in August and other accounts.

Just 18 years old at the time, Aisha said she ran away to escape her in-laws' beatings and abuse.

Afghan Interior Ministry spokesperson Zemeri Bashary said Aisha's father-in-law was arrested in southern Afghanistan in recent weeks. It was not immediately clear whether he had been formally charged.

He was being held in jail in Uruzgan province.

Aisha was sent to Los Angeles over the summer for reconstructive surgery. In September, she was fitted with a temporary, prosthetic nose so she could visualise what she would look like and to help build her confidence.

  • Frida - 2010-12-08 12:29

    I should be surprised by the savagery heaped upon women (and children) in this world but actually I'm not. And under the guise of so-called religion. Since they want to live under barbaric rules, cut off the hands of the perpetrators of the crime - problem solved.

      bonesagain - 2010-12-08 14:04

      I agree, but not just their hands, also disfigure them, otherwise they will not know how she felt. I am holding thumbs for her surgeries to go well.

  • maja - 2010-12-08 15:08

    That is cruel and sick!

  • Snoopy88 - 2010-12-08 21:12

    According to the Taliban women aren't allowed to see male doctors when they are unwell. But women are not allowed to study either... ?? Human rights??

  • - 2011-02-11 16:48

    Sick bastards and they alway hide behind their islamic laws! Barbaric Laws and Rules!They believe in "Eye for an Eye" SO slice him and his son - a nose for a nose AND ear for ear,please use a blunt knife.

  • Passionate.Parrot - 2012-01-01 12:49

    These men are not human, I won't even call them animals for animals do not do that. They do not deserve to live, they should be punished in the same way, perhaps that will begin to bring an end to the brutality levelled against women.

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