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Horror of child bride

By Sapa-AFP | Jan 12, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 94 ]

Girl (15) burned and beaten and had her fingernails pulled out after she defied efforts to force her into prostitution. She was found locked in a toilet in the basement, where she had been kept for six months by her husband and his parents

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has pledged to take action against the “cowardly” perpetrators of violence against women in the wake of a horrific case of the torture of a child bride.

The president made the commitment after a visit by a delegation from the Afghan Women’s Network over Sahar Gul, 15, who was burned and beaten and had her fingernails pulled out after she defied efforts to force her into prostitution.

Gul was found last month in the basement of her husband’s house in northeastern Baghlan province, where she had been locked in a toilet for six months by her husband and his parents.

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.

“Hamid Karzai termed violence against women as a cowardly act and said: ’In our country women are not just the victims of family violence, but they also get killed by terrorists and foreign forces,’” said a statement from his office.

This last remark was seen as a reference to civilian deaths in the US-led war against Taliban insurgents — a regular Karzai target.

The statement gave no details of what action the president would  take. Gul’s mother-in-law, sister-in-law and father-in-law were arrested but her husband is still at large.

Afghan Women’s Network lawyer Wida Latif told AFP ahead of the meeting that the group would ask Karzai to give the girl a place to  live.

“Or else she will be taken to a women’s shelter and will be forgotten like many other women who live in those shelters,” said Latif.

According to figures in an Oxfam report in October, 87 percent 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.

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Eisshhh, poor little girl... I feel for you girl

Jan 12, 2012 11:42 | 0 replies

She was found locked in a toilet in the basement, where she had been kept for six months by her husband and his parents
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husband ya eng mo ngwaneng wa 15?That is why i hate all the shit ba tletseng ka mzansi ba bitsang batho bo my friend,ba rata tlama tse nnyane

Jan 12, 2012 12:12 | 0 replies

@Papgat

16 days against abuse for women and children is not the answer anymore.
We are fighting a losing battle trying to educate "MEN"( Zulu , Islamic, coloured) general to treat women in a respectfully manner look at @bubu552 SITUATION

I only brought Islam into the picture because i know first hand experience that their women get ABUSED big time.
Like I say some of my family is also abusing and getting abused....Its a strange Cultural thing ????

Beats the hell out of me?????Remember even our taxi drivers stripped the lady with the mini skirt.....

Men in the world need to stand up and sort this SHITTY problem out ....It is bad Papgat the poor women I FEEL FOR THEM

Jan 12, 2012 12:14 | 0 replies

What kind of a religion is this? Force kids to get married against their will, strap bombs to their body to k.ill as many people as they can and the sad part, they believe that they will have a better after life!
poor child, really sad.

Jan 12, 2012 12:17 | 0 replies

Papgat
Just for your interest sake the majority of people live in Afghanistan are Buddhist and few are Islamist.

I think you might find that you are mistaken. The official religion of Afghanistan is Islam and less than 2% of the population practice any other form of religion

Jan 12, 2012 12:20 | 0 replies

@bubu552
he attacked me in ma bedroom claming accusing me of breaking his ralationship with his galfriend which turned out to be not true the galfriend was agood friend!!
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Yhooo thats bad sorry hey..He is monster, bt his day wil come..just stay beautiful..

Jan 12, 2012 12:20 | 0 replies

@Bullytjies my brother the article was not about religion, please let us not condemn other religion without not knowing their pillars.But for interest sake between us, you mention Islamist abuse the women, just give me examples.

Jan 12, 2012 12:21 | 0 replies

Juses will never come back after the pain he suffered on the cross, Just imagine you get horroblie betten in a certain place will you go back there again? the answer is no.

Jan 12, 2012 12:22 | 0 replies

@MommaC my dear sister let me give you something, you are right that the official religion of Afghanistan is Islam. But how it become an official religion in the Afghanistan?Before the Taliban take over the Afghanistan the official religion was Bhuddist before 1996, so historically Afganistan was the Bhuddist.

Jan 12, 2012 12:26 | 0 replies

@Papgat

Before the Taliban take over the Afghanistan the official religion was Bhuddist before 1996, so historically Afganistan was the Bhuddist.

"See men not only Islam uses religion to get what they want "

"Islamist men abuse their women " This statement is either the truth or a lie " I BELIEVE THEY DO

You honestly tell me you don't know this..........or maybe you believe that THIS statement is propaganda aswell.

Jan 12, 2012 12:31 | 0 replies

JUesu is not coming back because he never existed religion is a lie designed to keep you from reality...anyways poor girl hope things get better for her...on the stats they say 87% of afghan women experience abuse you will be shocked to know that more that 94% of South Africans have experienced some form of sexual abuse and mostly by a family member...sexual abuse is as much as a stare at a girl child...

Jan 12, 2012 12:8 | 0 replies