Friday, April 14, 2006

Horrifying tale

From The Independent:
She was married at the age of four into a family where she was treated as a slave, beaten with electric cables, stoned, her limbs broken with an axe handle, starved, burned and doused with boiling water. Once she was used as a human table top. She says her father-in-law tortured her further by literally rubbing salt into her wounds, an experience so painful she says she asked God to let her die...

Such child marriages remain a feature of Afghan customary practice, particularly in the south.
The good news from this story is that she was rescued by Afghanistan's Women's Affairs Ministry. The bad news comes from the second line.

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