Bamiyan Panorama

Bamiyan Panorama

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Afghan girl's 'horrifying abuse' exposed by video

A video given to the BBC shows the extent of the injuries suffered by a 15 year-old Afghan child bride who was locked up and tortured by her husband.
The girl was left starving after being detained by him and his family for several months.

The case came to light this week when police rescued the teenager, Sahar Gul, who had been locked up in the basement of her in-laws' house.

Police say that she had had her nails and clumps of hair pulled out.

In addition they say she had chunks of flesh cut out with pliers.

Sahar Gul was married off to a 30-year-old man around seven months ago, when she was just 14 years old. Her parents contacted police after not being able to see her for several months.

She was rescued from a dark, windowless room in her in-laws' house, according to Baghlan police official Jawid Basharat.

In the video, as Sahar is taken to hospital in a wheelchair, she is asked who beat her. She names her father-in-law, her husband, her sister-in-law, her brother-in-law and her mother-in-law. The 15-year-old says her hair and her nails were pulled out by her mother-in-law.

The authorities in the northern Baghlan province said they were aware of reports that the girl was tortured after she refused to be forced into prostitution, but could not confirm that was the case.

Rahima Zarifi, director of the Women's Affairs Department in Baghlan, said Sahar had been severely tortured, both physically and mentally, and that the psychological scars were likely to endure.

The police have managed to arrest Sahar's in-laws, but her husband had already fled.

Women in many parts of Afghanistan continue to suffer domestic abuse, often at the hands of their own family or in-laws.

Human rights activists worry that the plight of many women here, especially in rural areas, is being sidelined as the international community focuses on its military drawdown, and puts less emphasis and less pressure on the Afghan authorities over human rights.

In the second quarter of this year alone, the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission registered 1,026 cases of violence against women, compared with a total last year of 2,700.

Those are only the cases that come to light.

Under Afghan law, the earliest age for marriage for girls is 16. However, almost half of Afghan women are married when they are younger.

And now for MY comments:  When I was 15 I was in school, learning how to drive, and had just started my first job.  This 15 year old has been married for at least a few months and treated like an animal.  Physical, mental, psychological, and (it seems like) sexual abuse.  How did this happen?  What would make an entire family treat a human being like this?  Is it because of the wars?  Is it because of PTSD?  Is it part of the culture?  Is it part of the religion?  Is it family values?  WHAT IS THE PROBLEM HERE PEOPLE? 

How do you justify THIS? 
Sahar Gul

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Kabul in the 80's

Here's some nice shots of Kabul from 1979-1987.  They are mainly pictures from Universities in Kabul.

Kabul in 1979

Factory workers in 1980

Kabul University Students 1981

At the Polytechnic Institute in Kabul 1981

Cooking class 1981

Factory Worker 1981

University Students 1983

Typing Class 1983

Kabul 1984

Factory Worker 1984

University Students 1986

Rally 1986

Chemistry Teacher in Kabul 1986

Two VERY different styles on the streets of Kabul in 1986

Medical Institute of Kabul - students 1986

Outdoor classroom 1986

More fashion & burkas!   1987

Children's event 1987

University of Kabul librarian 1987

Nurses in Kabul 1988

Afghan girls 1988

(From a website called Rianovosti)