Jan 30 2012
An Afghan MUSLIM mother-in-law helped her son ‘tie up and choke his wife to death’ for burdening family by having a third daughter instead of a son.
UK DAILY MAIL (H/T Susan K) Mother-in-law Wali Hazrata is said to have tied the feet of 22-year-old Stori, which allowed the victim’s local militia member husband Sher Mohammad to strangle her. The two-month-old baby girl was not hurt in the incident, in the village of Mahfalay, in the north eastern Kunduz province’s Khanabad district, on Saturday.
The murdered woman’s husband has since fled, and Hazrata remains in custody. The husband is believed to be a fighter with an illegal armed militia, and local villagers said Stori often asked her him to lay down his weapons.
One neighbour said: ‘She lived in a hell not a house. But then she also asked her husband to stay home and avoid going out with these thugs.’
Afghan women’s rights activists highlighted the incident. Nadira Gya, director for Kunduz Women’s affairs, said: ‘It was a brutal crime committed against an innocent woman.’ Violence and abuse against women continues to be a major problem in Afghanistan, a decade after U.S.-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 said 87 per cent of Afghan women report having experienced physical, sexual or psychological violence or forced marriage.