Tortured 15-year-old Afghan bride was sent back to her husband and in-laws when she tried to flee

Alexander 2012/01/05 13:10:35
SaharGul.jpg"Even the local authorities have blamed the department for women's affairs for not trying to solve it locally between families in the traditional way."

Her other option would probably have been prison. Up to 350 woman and about 114 girls are known to be locked up for "moral crimes" in Afghanistan. Among the girls, "80 per cent are serving sentences for either running away from home or extramarital sex."

As was the case with Gulnaz, the rape victim finally pardoned from a sentence for adultery (after agreeing to marry the man who raped her), there are undoubtedly others like the girl in this story, Sahar Gul, inside and outside of jail.

"Tortured Afghan child bride had been sent back to in-laws," by Jon Boone for the Sydney Morning Herald, January 3:

A 15-year-old Afghan girl who was nearly tortured to death by her husband and his family attempted to escape from her attackers more than four months ago but was sent back home by local authorities, it has emerged.
Sahar Gul, a child bride married off to a soldier called Gulam Sakhi who then tried to force her into prostitution, is being treated for horrific injuries in a hospital in Kabul after she was rescued last week.
During her ordeal several of her fingernails were ripped out with pliers and one of her ears was badly burned by an iron. Her husband is now on the run, and her mother-in-law and sister-in-law have been arrested.
Her case has caused uproar in Afghanistan and Hamid Karzai, the country's President, has vowed that those responsible would be punished.
But disturbing new details about how the local community and authorities responded to her abuse has highlighted the ambivalence many Afghans have over how far women should be able to exercise the most basic of legal rights.
"She ran away to her neighbour's house and told them that her husband was trying to make her become a prostitute," said local community leader Ziaulhaq. " 'If you are a Muslim, you must tell the government what is happening to me,' she told them."
The locals said they did take the case to the authorities. When the police arrived Sahar's mother-in-law tried to fight them off, screaming all the while that her son had "bought" the girl who therefore had to do what she was told.
She appeared to be alluding to the dowry paid by Sakhi's family, a sum thought to be about $4000.
Locals say the family simply promised to stop hurting her. Ziaulhaq also alleged that bribes were paid to government officials to hush up the affair.
Although she emphatically denied money was paid, Rahima Zarifi, the women's affairs chief in Baghlan province, said she could not remember the details of the case, or why Sahar was sent back home.
The abuse resumed and continued for months until a male relative visited. When he found the girl, who had been starved in a locked basement for weeks, Sahar was almost unable to speak.
Fauzia Kufi, an MP who campaigns on women's issues, said that even then local authorities attempted to resolve the abuse through "traditional means".
"Basically they wanted the relative to sit down with his sister's abusers and work out an agreement," she said.
Kufi also claims there was strong pressure not to publicise the case.
"Many people don't take these sorts of crimes seriously and don't think it should be reported," she said.
"Even the local authorities have blamed the department for women's affairs for not trying to solve it locally between families in the traditional way."...
Posted by Marisol on January 4, 2012 6:23 PM
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  • avehurley 2012/10/31 08:15:25
    Its not a religion, its unhumanity, irreligion or satanic at best!
  • Brittany Foxx 2012/01/21 20:32:58
    Brittany Foxx
    That makes me sick.
  • Bocephus 2012/01/20 20:44:39
  • DracoMalfoy 2012/01/05 22:19:47
    Thats messed up
  • Riobhca 2012/01/05 16:28:33 (edited)
    So now everyone will start, once again, picking on Islam, as if women in non-Islamic countries are never abused. Give me a break!!! There are good and bad people in every group and if Shari'a law were to be interpreted correctly in light of the Qur'an, it would not condone this. The people who did this are obviously mentally sick, not because they are Muslims, but because they are sick people. I have seen things just as terrible and worse done to women in western countries by non-Muslims. Once again, the problem is not Islam, it is human beings.
  • merete ... Riobhca 2012/10/31 08:15:28 (edited)
    merete bøye
    There are bad eggs in every culture. But what is outrageous about Afghanistan is that women are not protected by law in the same way they are in most other countries. If someone in - say Spain or Turkey - were to abuse another person the way this girl has been abused, he would be taken to court, judged according to law and receive a severe prison sentence. The girl would be taken to a hospital, given proper physical and psychological care and maybe also a sum of money to compensate her for what she has suffered. She would never be sent back to her abusers. That is the difference between (islamic) Afghanistan and other parts of the world.

    In short: Yes, these things happen all over the world. But in Afghanistan, they're legal.
  • Autarchic 2012/01/05 14:59:11
  • Farnsworth 2012/01/05 14:36:22
    What a wonderful, peaceful, tolerant, understanding religion.
  • Razoreye001 2012/01/05 14:18:18
    Islam needs to be taught a lesson lets make it illegal at home first and nuke Mecca when we could afford to.
  • Eccles 2012/01/05 14:15:49
    Terrible just can't get my head around this Evil.
  • Laura Lovegood 2012/01/05 14:07:57
  • Bill ~PWCM~JLA 2012/01/05 13:40:46
    Bill ~PWCM~JLA
    So nice. The wonderful religion of Islam. The same religion that says it's okay to force young girls back into a burning building to die only because their heads are not covered by some scarf as they try to escape the flames.
  • Shae 2012/01/05 13:37:10
    These are the countries our president wants to support.
    Yeah, forget Israel.... lets back up these countries who rape and torture little girls, marry them off at 15???

    I know this may be an isolated case but I'll believe Afganistan is a peacefull country when Karzi does something about this.
    Step 1: arrest the family
    Step 2: arrest the parents of this girl who made her marry her rapist
    Step 3: get IA in and wipe out all the shady police who wanted to cover this up!
  • Riobhca Shae 2012/01/05 16:32:16
    In Medieval Europe, Xtians forced girls to marry at much younger than 15. You can't impose today's standards on ancient societies. Most all women married very young then as people didn't live as long and they matured much earlier than women today do. And that is a sociological fact.
  • Shae Riobhca 2012/01/05 18:39:35
    Karzi himself said they should be punished.
    My opinion was.... we'll see.
    Its easy to make a statement for PR reasons, it's another to follow through.
  • Tom 2012/01/05 13:27:17
    No way. Islam is the religion of peace and love. I heard Obama say so.
  • Rusty Shackleford 2012/01/05 13:16:55
    Rusty Shackleford
    Women have no rights under Sharia Law, when will you people learn to accept that?

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