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Tortured Afghan girl wants in-laws jailed

Sun., Jan. 8, 2012

KABUL, Afghanistan – A 15-year-old Afghan girl who was tortured for months after her arranged marriage has spoken out for the first time since her rescue, saying she hopes her husband and his family are jailed.

Sahar Gul became the bruised and bloodied face of women’s rights in Afghanistan after she was rescued in late December when an uncle called police.

Speaking Saturday from a hospital, Gul blamed her husband, his parents and his sister for her ordeal. “I want them to be in jail,” she said. “They gave me electric shock. … They beat me with cables and tortured me.”

She is being treated for multiple injuries that include broken fingers and ripped-out fingernails.

Police in Baghlan province where Gul was rescued have said her in-laws locked her up and tortured her after she refused to work as a prostitute. Her husband’s parents and sister have been arrested.

Authorities have issued an arrest warrant for her husband, who serves in the Afghan army.


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