Selasa, 12 Juli 2011

The Suspect In The Mutilation Of An Afghan Woman Is Released

Aisha, a young Afghan woman, whose nose and ears were cut off under orders of the Taliban for running away from a  forced marriage.

Kabul, Afghanistan - suspect arrested only if the mutilated woman leaving her husband is released, local Afghan officials and the woman's father said Monday that the move has angered human rights activists and the woman's family.

The suspect, Sulaiman, who like many Afghans have a name, was released to the knowledge of the governor of the province in south-central Oruzgan, said the provincial prosecutor, Ghulam Faruq. Police said the wife of Mr. Suleiman, the father of the law, confessed to having participated in the mutilation in 2009, although Mr. Farouk said he recently insisted he was innocent.

Monday ', Mr. Farouq gave two different reasons for the release of Mr. Suleiman, that there was no one in Afghanistan to press the case against him - because the victim is now in the U.S. - and that he broke my nose the girl herself.

"If someone commits a crime, then no one should be punished or detained" said Farouq. "The crime was committed by his son, an innocent boy Quadratullah this was jailed for 11 months."

The governor of Oruzgan province could not be reached for comment Monday.

The woman, Bibi Aisha, drew national attention when Time magazine used a photo of her on its cover in August 2010, with the suggestion that this was what would happen if she left the West Afghanistan. A young wife Aisha (Bibi is an honorific title, Aisha asked that his name be withheld) had fled his arranged marriage to a Taliban fighter, but was captured and returned to the village where her husband, the father-in-law and two brothers-in-law cut the nose and ears, after obtaining the approval of the local Taliban Mullah, said the father of Aisha, Mohammedzai, who was interviewed by telephone on Monday.

He added that Mr Sulaiman was one of the people who had her daughter while her husband short. The mutilation was carried out in Chora, a remote area of ​​Oruzgan province. Left for dead, Aisha fled to the safety of a shelter for women in Kabul by the Afghan women defending women's group, which announced its position a year later.

"The man let them out, he was the father of Aisha-in-law," said Mohammedzai, his voice cracking as he spoke. "He was there when they cut his nose and the cruelty of him. It was one of the guilty and must be punished, but the government has released. "

"We do not know who he was released," he said. "We do not know at all. It is the government's weakness and our weakness. We have no money to pay the government and we do not have someone in government to support us."

The other authors were not arrested because the area is controlled by the Taliban, and the police can not get it, police said. Aisha Quadratullah man, a Taliban commander, fled to Pakistan or going back and forth, according to advocates for women who have followed the case.

With the help of women non-profit and the U.S. Embassy, ​​Aisha later went to the United States, where a foundation has offered to fund reconstructive surgery. However, operations have occurred because doctors felt it was too annoying to handle multiple surgeries are necessary and the long recovery period, said Manizha Naderi, director of Women for Afghan women, who also helped organize the care Aisha in the United States. He now lives in New York to learn English, Aisha was in emotional distress, although it is stabilizing, Ms. Naderi said.

"When someone goes through the trauma of violence there, so afterwards," he said. "For a long time, he had nightmares that were after him again and cut his nose again."

"It is very bad, it came out," Ms. Naderi said Mr. Sulaiman statement. "It sends a message that it does not matter violent or cruelty of the crime is if you have connections or the money you can get out on the street. It simply shows that the judiciary is weak and corrupt. "

Afghan attorney Aisha Niamatullah Sarabi said he was not informed of Mr. Sulaiman release after the fact, and the action he had brought against Mr. Sulaiman had gone nowhere.

Human Rights Defenders said the statement showed how many problems in the country's legal system.

"Impunity was always intended" in the justice system, said Nader Naderi, deputy director of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission. "The launch is a betrayal of women seeking justice and police tried to stop them."

Province of the lawyer, Mr. Farouq, who said it was a new Oruzgan Province, said that since he arrived a few months ago, Mr. Suleiman had insisted that he was not guilty. "It was a great cruelty to keep him to 11 months in prison," he said.

"I asked colleagues if he was innocent, and colleagues said that was not present when he was outside the country at that time and was arrested when he returned to help the police and the arrest of his son's lawyer ".

Separately, at least four men who were working to remove land mines in western Afghanistan, was found beheaded on Sunday and Monday. They had been kidnapped and 24 of their colleagues, who were released on Monday, according to the opinions of the Afghan authorities, UN Mine Action Coordination Center in Afghanistan.

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