No one should be surprised by this. It's in the quran. "Good women are obedient….As for those from whom you fear disobedience, admonish them and send them to beds apart and beat them." — quran 4:34
And the child marriage is in imitation of the prophet Moe's consummation of his marriage to Aisha when he was 54 and she was nine.
So women are being treated as commodities in Afghanistan? And what else is new?
A teenage Afghan girl was brutally tortured, beaten and locked in a toilet by her husband's family for five months after she refused to become a prostitute, it emerged today.
Sahar Gul, 15, was in critical condition when she was rescued from a house in northern Baghlan province last week, after her neighbours reported hearing Miss Gul crying and moaning in pain.
According to police in Baghlan, her in-laws pulled out her nails and hair, and locked her in a dark basement bathroom for about five months, with barely enough food and water to survive.
Cruel: Sahar Gul was brutally tortured by her husband's family. The 15-year-old was burned with cigarettes and had chunks of her flesh cut out with pliers
Disgusting: According to police in Baghlan, Sahar Gul's in-laws pulled out her nails and hair, and locked her in a dark basement bathroom for about five months, with barely enough food and water to survive
Her husband's family also burned the teenager with cigarettes and cut out chunks of her flesh with pliers.
Despite being barely able to speak, Miss Gul managed to tell media about the terrifying ordeal.
'For several months I was locked up in a toilet by my in-laws and particularly my mother-in-law,' she said.
'I was denied food and water. I was tortured and beaten.'
Doctors say the youngster has suffered both mentally and physically and will need weeks of treatment in order to recover.
'She was married seven months ago, and was originally from Badakhshan province. Her in-laws tried to force her into prostitution to earn money,' Rahima Zarifi, head of women's affairs in Baghlan told Reuters.
Upsetting: Sahar Gul was kept in a terrible condition by her husband's family, who tortured and beat her
Dreadful: Sahar Gul's appalling physical condition shortly after she was rescued can be seen in this image
Distressing: This picture shows how frail the teenager was when taken into hospital following her rescue
Miss Gul is covered in scars and bruises, with one eye still swollen shut six days after her rescue.
She is being treated in a government hospital in Kabul, but she may have to be sent to India, doctors said.
'This is one of the worst cases of violence against Afghan women. The perpetrators must be punished so others learn a lesson,' health minister Suraya Dalil told journalists after visiting Miss Gul today with the women's affairs minister.
Mohammad Zia, a senior police official in Baghlan, who helped to rescue the girl, said Miss Gul's mother-in-law and sister-in-law have been detained, but her husband and father-in-law had escaped.
'We have launched a serious hunt to get her husband and the others involved,' Mr Zia said.
Action needed: Afghanistan's acting minister of public health Suraya Dalil, left, and the caretaker minister for women's affairs Dr Husn Banu Ghazanfar visit Sahar Gul in hospital
Recovery: Sahar Gul is being treated in a government hospital in Kabul, but doctors have said she may have to be sent to India
Despite progress in women's rights and freedom since the fall of the Taliban 10 years ago, women throughout the country are still at risk of abduction, rape, forced marriage and being traded as commodity.
However it can be hard for women to escape violent situations at home, because of huge social and sometimes legal pressure to stay in marriages.
Running away from an abusive husband or a forced marriage are considered 'moral crimes,' for which women are currently imprisoned in Afghanistan.
Some rape victims have also been imprisoned, because sex outside marriage, even when the woman is forced, is considered adultery, another 'moral crime.'
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