Afghan court ordered release of child-bride torturers
Afghan child bride Sahar Gul, 15, lies in a bed as she recovers at the Wazir Akbar Khan hospital in Kabul, on January 12, 2012. A court in Kabul has ordered the early release of three people convicted over the torture of Sahar, in a move denounced by activists as a blow for women’s rights. (AFP/File)
KABUL, Kaboul (AFP) – A court in Kabul ordered the early release of three people convicted over the torture of a child bride, an official confirmed Saturday, in a move denounced by activists as a blow for women’s rights.
Sahar Gul, who was 15 at the time her ordeal, was burned, beaten and had her fingernails pulled out by her husband and in-laws after she refused to become a prostitute in a case that shocked the world.
She was found in the basement of her husband’s house in northeastern Baghlan province in late 2011, having been locked in a toilet for six months prior to her rescue by police.