Grieving father Mohammad Azam visited Afghanistan‘s capital Kabul on Monday in a quest for justice over his daughter Zarah’s murder.
UK Daily Mail He said the killing was an act of revenge after the 45-year-old had run away with a young cousin of his daughter’s husband when the family had agreed to sell her for more money. This latest murder, in the remote area of central Ghor province, is the latest reported case of violence against women in the country.
Zarah was set on fire last week and died in a Kabul burns hospital on Saturday.
The in-laws had struck a marriage deal Azam, he said, letting him marry the cousin in payment for a debt they owed him for construction work. But they later reneged on the deal, he said, after promising the cousin to another man for more money.
While Ghor province has often been the source of reports of young women being abused by their families or stoned to death after being accused of adultery or running away from home, such incidents occur also elsewhere in the country.
Women’s rights activist Veeda Saghari, who attended the demonstration, said violence against women is largely ignored by Afghanistan’s judicial sector. ‘That is why all kinds of violence against women such as acid throwing, beating, stoning, informal community tribunal verdicts, burning, forced divorces, forced marriages, forced pregnancies, forced abortions have reached a peak,’ she said.