Angry husband chops off 13-year-old wife's ears for speaking to other men.
A girl from Afghanistan, who got married at 13 to a much older man, recently woke up to a hellish nightmare. Her husband surprised her in the middle of the night while she was sleeping, gagged her and then proceeded to cut her ears off.
After the attack, she kept asking why he did that. She said: ”I haven't committed any sin. I don't know why my husband did this to me."
Zarina lives in the province of Balkh, to the north of the country. Her husband escaped after committing the crime. She said he was constantly against her seeing her parents, and she was trying to get a divorce.
Zarina’s terrible ordeal is sadly a common one among many other Afghan women. The case of a 20-year who got her nose sliced off by her husband came to international attention last year.
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Girls as young as six are often forced to marry much older men, and in most cases they are led into a life of slavery, beatings, pregnancies and death during childbirth.
More than 12,000 girls under 15 will become child brides every day of 2017 around the world – or one every seven seconds.
In Afghanistan, girls are exchanged for animals, or given away to solve disputes between clans of families. Authorities have tried to pass bills to change this situation, to no avail yet.