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An Afghan nightmare: Forced to marry your rapist

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) It is an unimaginably hideous outcome.

To be raped by your cousin’s husband; be jailed for adultery as your attacker was married; to suffer the ignominy of global uproar about your jailing and assault, but be pardoned by presidential decree; and then to endure the shame and rejection from a conservative society that somehow held you to blame.

The solution in this society? Marry your attacker.

That’s what happened to Gulnaz, who was barely 16 when she was raped. She’s now carrying the third child of her attacker, Asadullah, who was convicted and jailed — though this was then reduced.

Afghan rape victim freed

Gulnaz’s plight — like so much in beleaguered Afghanistan — disappeared from the world’s gaze once she was pardoned and released courtesy of a presidential pardon. Instead of a new start, what followed for Gulnaz was a quiet, Afghan solution to the “problem” — a telling sign of where women’s rights stand in Afghanistan despite the billions that have poured into this country from the U.S. government and its NATO allies during more than a decade of war.
Read More: http://edition.cnn.com/2015/04/07/asia/afghanistan-gulnaz-rape-marriage/

London couple from Afghanistan who threatened to kill their daughter for refusing forced marriage had told her they would ‘cut her head off’ if she went to the authorities

A couple threatened to kill their daughter if she rejected a forced marriage and behead her if she contacted authorities for help.

A judge has since granted a temporary forced marriage protection order, banning the parents from leaving Britain, after the local authority in Croydon, London, said it ‘did not trust them an inch’ and feared younger children in the family would be spirited out of England if they were able to leave.

The woman, known as S, claims she was subjected to violence and pressure to marry and was told by her mother she would be beheaded if she went to the authorities for help after speaking to them in 2005. File picture

The girl, known as S, claims she suffered repeated violence at the hands of her parents and grandmother as a teenager and was told she would be killed if she refused to marry abroad as this would ‘bring dishonour on the family.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2821702/London-couple-Afghanistan-threatened-kill-daughter-refusing-forced-marriage-told-cut-head-went-authorities.html#ixzz3KM4spRUV

State Department: 60% of Afghan Girls Are Married Before 16

(CNSNews.com) – More than 12 years after the U.S. first invaded Afghanistan to overthrow the Taliban and deprive al Qaeda of a base operations, the sexual abuse of Afghanistan children has reached an all-time high, according to the U.S. State Department.

The department’s 2013 Country Report on Human Rights in Afghanistan, which was released this month, says that 60 percent of girls in Afghanistan are married before their 16th birthday.

child marriage

Birbal, 16, left, and Anita, 11, center, after their marriage at Jalpa Mata temple in Rajgarh, India. (AP Photo/Prakash Hatvalne)

“Despite a law setting the legal minimum age for marriage at 16 for girls and 18 for boys, international and local observers estimated that 60 percent of girls were married before the age of 16,” the State Department said in its most recent human rights report.

The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) reported an increase in rapes in 2013, with most victims being children. In fact, sexual abuse of children reached an all-time high, the commission reported in June, according to the State Department.

 

Read More: http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/melanie-hunter/state-department-60-afghan-girls-are-married-16

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