Tortured Afghan child bride recovering

2012-01-12 19:49

Kabul - The Afghan child bride who was tortured in an attempt to force her into prostitution is slowly recovering but is still hardly able to speak, a nurse told AFP during a visit to the girl's bedside on Thursday.

Sahar Gul, 15, who was burned and beaten and had her fingernails pulled out was found last month in the basement of her husband's house in northeast Baghlan province, where she had been locked in a toilet for six months.

"Since the past few days, Gul can walk very slowly, she can eat and talk in a frail voice," said nurse Latifa Mirzad at the Wazir Akbar Khan hospital, as the bruised and battered girl looked on silently.

"She is hardly able to speak of her ordeal but sometimes she says in a weak voice 'my father in-law and mother-in law have beaten me'."

Gul's case was taken directly to President Hamid Karzai by a delegation from the Afghan Women's Network on Wednesday.

"The president assured his full support to strictly punish the perpetrators of the crime against Sahar Gul so that nobody can commit such a crime in the future," said the network's Lema Anwari.

Karzai pledged in a statement after the delegation's visit to take action against the "cowardly" perpetrators of violence against women.

The president said that he always took measures as soon as he heard about cases of violence against women, and would continue to take the issue seriously so that the culprits were brought to justice.

According to figures in an Oxfam report in October, 87% of Afghan women report having experienced physical, sexual or psychological violence or forced marriage.

The Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission logged 1 026 cases of violence against women in the second quarter of 2011 compared with 2 700 cases for the whole of 2010.

  • frangelico - 2012-01-12 20:23

    What is it about the female body that makes men & woman want to use & abuse in such an horrific manner.These people who did these unspeakable things to this poor child,because at 15 she is still a child,should be stoned to death as that is the way of their socalled sharia law. These people have no compassion so why should they be shown compassion.The taliban still seem to have a huge influence in Afganistan,Mr Karsai should go from village to villiage and root out perpetrators of such evil & barbaric practices.While you are about it arrest her parents as well as they are just as guilty.I find it such a lame excuse that she was sold to pay for a debt,don't make debt if your hungery God will provide,but do not provide this filth with a young child to use and abuse at will.I really am beginning to question the teachings of your Allah & the holy koran.

  • JudithNkwe - 2012-01-12 20:50

    Another sacrifice to outdated practices and human inhumanity to its own. Truly we are a self hating breed.

  • Jayne - 2012-01-13 09:38

    TRAGIC!!!! Oh you poor girl, and now your family will probably punish you for failing to be a good wife and shaming them.....

      sabrael - 2012-01-13 13:23

      Earlier reports stated that it was in fact the girl's uncle who called the police.

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