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Bibi Aisha's Tormentor Captured

Author: Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, Senior Fellow for Women and Foreign Policy
December 6, 2010
The Daily Beast

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Bibi Aisha is one step closer to justice.

According to Daily Beast sources, Afghan police in the Chora district of Uruzgan province recently arrested the young woman's father-in-law, Sulaiman, on charges stemming from his involvement in Aisha's maiming last summer. Police are continuing to look for her husband and his brother, who are reportedly on the run. Both men face charges for their role in cutting off the teenager's nose and ears as punishment for her decision to run away from her abusive husband and his family. Those who have worked on Aisha's case from the start they hope Sulaiman's capture is only the beginning in bringing the heinous crimes committed against Aisha to the country's attention.

“We are so happy about this arrest,” said Manizha Naderi, the executive director of Women for Afghan Women. “We congratulate the district chief of Chora for having the courage to bring him to justice.”

Naderi says this is not only a victory for Aisha, but for so many others in a nation where increasing numbers of domestic-violence victims are killing themselves, unable to escape their brutal lives. According to a 2008 report by the human-rights group Global Rights, as many as 87 percent of Afghan women experienced at least one form of physical, sexual or psychological violence or forced marriage; of those, and 62 percent experienced multiple forms of violence.

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