Wednesday, February 1, 2017

AFGHANISTAN: Former child bride has her ears hacked off by her husband after he accused her of speaking to other men

Zarina from Afghanistan was forced into marriage at the age of 13 and her husband is on the run having attacked her. 

UK Daily Mail  (h/t John H) The couple were sleeping at their home in the northern province of Balkh when he suddenly woke her up, bound her and mutilated her.  Zarina said her husband had tried to stop her from seeing her parents, and that she wanted to divorce him. ‘He is a very suspicious man and often accused me of talking to strange men when I went to visit my parents,’ she told Tolo News.

Girls as young as six in Afghanistan are being forced to marry men old enough to be their grandfather and into a life of sexual slavery, beatings, pregnancies and death during childbirth.

Severing women’s noses is not unheard of in Afghanistan and like most abuse probably happens more often than is publicly acknowledged. Reza Gul, 20, had her nose sliced off by her husband in an attack in January last year. 

An Afghan woman married off as a 15-year-old has had her nose cut off by her enraged husband using a pocket knife. Her husband, Mohammad Khan, begun beating and torturing his wife, before also taking a second bride who was aged just seven years old.

Bibi Aisha bravely shows her new face after Taliban cut off her nose and ears. Bibi, who was forced into an abusive marriage aged16, had been sentenced to mutilation a year ago by a Taliban court for simply running away.

NPR  US soldiers, who treated Bibi in Kabul, took her to a women’s refuge and the charity Women For Afghan Women in New York which arranged for her to have reconstructive surgery. The 19-year-old has bravely appeared in public wearing a prosthetic nose, fitted as part of the reconstructive treatment she is having in her new home, New York. 

Her father-in-law Sulaiman was arrested but Bibi’s ex-husband and brother are still on the run. Her smile is in stark contrast to the haunted look she showed the world on the cover of Time magazine in August.

Acid attacks on women and girls by husbands, in-laws, and even by their family members in Afghanistan and Pakistan are quite common.

NSGD  Their purpose is not to kill, but to cause pain and leave the victim with lifelong disfigurement and psychological scarring.   They are carried out to create fear and to control. 

The overwhelming majority of victims are women and over half of these are less than eighteen years old. Spurning a man’s romantic advances, turning down a marriage proposal, bringing dishonour onto her husband or how a woman dresses are all seen by attackers as legitimate reasons for using acid. 

An Afghan woman has had her nose and lips allegedly cut off by her husband after refusing to sell her jewelry to fund his heroin addiction.

The mother-of-four – known only as Setara – was reportedly beaten and mutilated by her partner at their home in Herat, Afghanistan. He allegedly hit her on the head with a stone, before using a knife to slice off her nose and lips.

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