14-year-old pregnant girl burnt to death by in-laws in Afghanistan after two years of abuse

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    A 14-year-old pregnant girl was burnt to death by her in-laws in a remote area of central Ghor province, central Afghanistan. This is the latest reported case of violence against women in the country.

    “She was a victim of family violence,” said General Mustafa Andarabi, the Police Chief of Ghor province. Zahra’s husband was involved in the incident, he added. He fled the house. However, we have Zahra’s father in-law and mother in-law in custody,” Andarabi said.

    Her 45-year-old father, Mohammed Azam said that he came to the capital, Kabul, to seek justice for his daughter Zarah. He told The Associated Press that she was tortured and set on fire by her husband’s family last week. She died in a Kabul burns hospital on Saturday, July 16. Mohammad Saber Nasib, a physician said she suffered third-degree burns, down to the muscles and bones.

    Azam said Zarah’s killing was in revenge after he had eloped two years ago with a young cousin of his daughter’s husband. According to him, his daughter’s in-laws had struck a marriage deal with him, letting him marry the cousin in payment for a debt they owed him for construction work. But they later reneged on the deal, he said, after promising the cousin to another man for more money.
    Azam said he had no hope for justice in lawless Ghor.

    “The culprits should be brought to justice, my daughter’s blood must not go in vain,” he said.

    Ruqia Naiel, a senator from Ghor province, said that Zahra’s father complained to the provincial judiciary about his daughter being ill-treated in her husband’s house, but no one listened to him.

    The girl had been married when she was 12 and had been ill-treated since.” she said.

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    Source:: Linda Ikeji Blog