Afghan killed for giving birth to girl

Posted on January 30, 2012


Source: New Straits Times

KABUL: Afghan police were on Monday hunting a man who allegedly killed his wife after she gave birth to the couple’s third daughter, an official said.

AfghanistanIn this picture taken on January 29, 2012 — unrelated to this story and used merely to show Afghanistan for illustration purposes — Taliban fighters walk with their weapons after they joined Afghan government forces during a ceremony in Herat province. Thirty fighters left the Taliban to join government forces in western Afghanistan. The Taliban, ousted from power by a US-led invasion in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, announced earlier this month that they planned to set up a political office in Qatar ahead of talks with Washington. AFP/ Aref KARIMI

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Storay, 30, was beaten to death in the Khan Abad district of the northern province Kunduz last Wednesday after she delivered another baby girl, angering her husband who had wanted a son, police said.
“She was beaten to death by her husband after she gave birth to their third baby girl. We were informed of the case by Storay’s father,” Sayed Sarwar  Husaini, the provincial police spokesman, told AFP.
There were signs of torture on her body, he added.
“Police have arrested Storay’s mother-in-law in connection with the case, but her husband has fled. Police are searching for him,” Husaini said.
Violence and abuse against women continues to be a major problem in Afghanistan, a decade after US-led troops brought down the Taliban regime.
Last month, police found a teen bride who had been locked in a toilet for six months at her husband’s house in neighboring Baghlan province.
She was burned and beaten, and had her fingernails pulled out.
British charity Oxfam says 87 percent of Afghan women report having  experienced physical, sexual or psychological violence or forced marriage.
The Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission logged 1,026 cases of  violence against women in the second quarter of 2011 compared with 2,700 cases  for the whole of 2010. — AFP

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