Father in Law Cutting Off Ear’s and Nose














Father ia law of Time’s disfigured Afghan cover girl is arrested for cutting off ear’s and nose

The father-in-law of a young Afghan woman who said her nose and ears were sliced off at gun-point to punish her for running away from her violent Taliban fighter husband has been arrested.

The 20-year-old woman, simply known as Aisha, gained worldwide attention when she appeared on the August 9 cover of Time magazine.

And now – against the odds – the man who committed the horrific disfigurement has been tracked down and being held in jail in Uruzgan province, the Afghan Interior Ministry said today.

Under orders from a Taliban commander acting as a judge, she was disfigured last year as punishment for fleeing her husband’s home.

Just 18 years old at the time, Aisha said she ran away from the small village to escape her in-laws’ beatings and abuse.

A child bride, Aisha was captured and returned to the village, where her husband, father-in-law and brother-in-law carried out the mutilation, after approval by the local Taliban mullah.

Aisha’s father-in-law, Sulaiman, ‘pointed a gun at her head while the other men, his sons, sliced off her nose’, alleged Brigadier General Juma Gul Himat.

‘Sulaiman then took her amputated nose and proudly showed it off around the village.’

Under orders from a Taliban commander acting as a judge, she was disfigured last year as punishment for fleeing her husband’s home.

Left for dead, she said, she then fled to the safety of a women’s shelter in Kabul run by Women for Afghan Women, which publicised her plight a year later.

Thanks to support from aid groups and the American Embassy in Kabul, and the charity of a hospital in Southern California, Aisha was whisked off to the United States for reconstructive surgery – though there was little hope of finding the perpetrators.

In September, she was fitted with a temporary, prosthetic nose so she could visualise what she would look like and to help build her confidence.

It is rare for the police in Afghanistan to intervene when local villagers impose punishments for social crimes, even severe ones such as flogging and stoning, which are allowed under Sharia law, the legal code of Islam based on the Koran.

There is no Sharia law provision, however, for cutting off nose and ears of a runaway child bride.

‘This is against Afghan-ism, against Afghan and Shariah laws, against every principle in the world, against humanity, so that’s why we wanted to bring him to justice,’ said General Himat.

‘He made a big mistake,’ the general said. ‘He disfigured a creature of God, and he was proud of what he had done.’

District police chief Mohammed Gul said: ‘It would have taken 100 armored vehicles to go in there to that village.’

Sooner or later, though, everyone in the area goes to the bazaar in the Chora district, in south-central Oruzgan Province.

And when Sulaiman showed up, the police were waiting.

According to Mr Gul’s account, the suspect spotted the police at the same time as they spotted him, and made a run for it.

Officers chased him on foot and ran him down after a mile and a quarter, he said.

Mr Sulaiman, who like many Afghans has one name, confessed to participating in the disfigurement.

Aisha is now living in Brooklyn, New York, while she gets treatment for emotional problems from her ordeal.

Doctors at the Grossman Burn Foundation in California said they felt that was necessary before she could have reconstructive surgery there, according to Manizha Naderi, the head of Women for Afghan Women, which has offices in Brooklyn and Kabul.

So far, Aisha has been given a prosthetic nose as a temporary measure.

‘She’s not coming back to Afghanistan to testify,’ Mrs Naderi said. ‘We won’t put Aisha in danger like this.

‘Nobody will guarantee her security in Afghanistan if she comes back.’

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1336773/Father-law-Times-Afghan-cover-girl-nose-ears-sliced-ARRESTED.html#ixzz17dd9PdcT

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