Father-in-law of mutilated Afghan girl finally is arrested

No doubt, TIME Magazine putting her on its cover led to the arrest. Otherwise, nothing would have happened to him for this “honor mutilation” of her nose and ears.

UK DAILY MAIL The father-in-law of a young Afghan woman who said her nose and ears were sliced off at gun-point to punish her for running away from her violent Taliban fighter husband has been arrested. The 20-year-old woman, simply known as Aisha, gained worldwide attention when she appeared on the August 9 cover of Time magazine.

And now – against the odds – the man who committed the horrific disfigurement has been tracked down and being held in jail in Uruzgan province, the Afghan Interior Ministry said today. Under orders from a Taliban commander acting as a judge, she was disfigured last year as punishment for fleeing her husband’s home.

Just 18 years old at the time, Aisha said she ran away from the small village to escape her in-laws’ beatings and abuse.

A child bride, Aisha was captured and returned to the village, where her husband, father-in-law and brother-in-law carried out the mutilation, after approval by the local Taliban mullah.

Aisha’s father-in-law, Sulaiman, ‘pointed a gun at her head while the other men, his sons, sliced off her nose’, alleged Brigadier General Juma Gul Himat. ‘Sulaiman then took her amputated nose and proudly showed it off around the village.’

Under orders from a Taliban commander acting as a judge, she was disfigured last year as punishment for fleeing her husband’s home. Left for dead, she said, she then fled to the safety of a women’s shelter in Kabul run by Women for Afghan Women, which publicised her plight a year later.

Thanks to support from aid groups and the American Embassy in Kabul, and the charity of a hospital in Southern California, Aisha was whisked off to the United States for reconstructive surgery – though there was little hope of finding the perpetrators.

In September, she was fitted with a temporary, prosthetic nose so she could visualise what she would look like and to help build her confidence.

It is rare for the police in Afghanistan to intervene when local villagers impose punishments for social crimes, even severe ones such as flogging and stoning, which are allowed under Sharia law, the legal code of Islam based on the Koran. There is no Sharia law provision, however, for cutting off nose and ears of a runaway child bride. (Yeah, he should have just beaten her because that IS allowed under sharia law)

Aisha is now living in Brooklyn, New York, while she gets treatment for emotional problems from her ordeal.

Doctors at the Grossman Burn Foundation in California said they felt that was necessary before she could have reconstructive surgery there, according to Manizha Naderi, the head of Women for Afghan Women, which has offices in Brooklyn and Kabul.

‘She’s not coming back to Afghanistan to testify,’ Mrs Naderi said. ‘We won’t put Aisha in danger like this. ‘Nobody will guarantee her security in Afghanistan if she comes back.’