A pregnant 14-year-old died in Afghanistan after she was tortured and set on fire last week by her in-laws as revenge for her father eloping with their young niece.
“She aborted while she was being burnt. Here, we have witnessed two murders and two crimes,” declared Baqi Samandar, identified as a civil society activist by Afghanistan’s TOLO News.
Local news outlets report the victim, identified only as Zahra, died on Saturday at the Isteqlal Hospital in the Afghan capital of Kabul, adding that the perpetrators managed to escape after committing the horrific crime, which occurred in the country’s central province of Ghor.
Zahra had been a victim of domestic violence from the time she was married, claimed Mohammad Azam, her father.
“No one paid attention to Zahra, even when she was stabbed, beaten and harassed,” added Taza Gul, the victim’s step-mother who also claimed to have suffered from domestic violence at the hands of her previous husband.
Khaama Press (KP) notes that Zahra became the victim of a traditional practice of settling disputes among families or tribes known as “Baad.”
“Afghanistan faces serious human rights issues, including physical and sexual violence against women and so-called honor killings that often involve immolation,” notes the Daily Mail.
“While Ghor province has often been the source of reports of young women being abused by their families or stoned to death after being accused of adultery or running away from home, such incidents occur also elsewhere in the country,” it adds.
The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) has condemned the crime.