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Afghanistan: 15-year-old girl killed over refusal to wed

November 30, 2012

Two men have been arrested for slitting the throat of a 15-year-old Afghan girl after her family refused a marriage proposal, police say.

The girl was carrying water from a river to her village home in northern Kunduz province on Wednesday when she was murdered, police spokesman Sayed Sarwar Hussaini said.

“The two men attacked her and slit her throat with a knife,” he said. “They were arrested and are in police custody.”

Mr Hussaini said one of the suspects had proposed marriage to the girl, but her family had rejected the offer.

Extreme violence against women and girls remains a major problem in the conservative Muslim nation more than a decade after US-led troops brought down the notoriously brutal Taliban Islamist regime.

According to figures by British charity Oxfam, 87 per cent of Afghan women report having experienced physical, sexual or psychological violence or forced marriage.


Expecting outrage and horror from the Islamic authorities? Don’t hold your breath.

One Comment
  1. Carole best permalink

    Expecting outrage and horror from anyone? It’s only women and girls…they don’t matter much.

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