A mother in quandary finally gets her new-born girl back
MAZAR-I-Sharif (Pajhwok): After giving birth to a girl baby, an enraged husband forced his wife to hand her over to the shrine’s helper in Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of northern Balkh province, the woman said on Friday.
“My 27-year-old husband, Khair Jan, forced me to get the new-born girl baby out of the home and I had to hand her over to Imam Din, a helper at the shrine in Mazar-i-Sharif, but conditionally I asked the shrine’s helper to give me the baby back whenever I demanded her back,” she narrated the story to Pajhwok Afghan News.
The couple got married four years ago and it was their second child, with the first one was a male baby who died soon after his birth and since then her husband wanted a boy instead.
The birth of a girl baby made Jan furious who was born two days before but her helpless wife could not dare to stop him from this callous and un-Islamic act.
Imam Din agreed to take care of the girl baby as his own child. He has four sons and a daughter. “I am happy to return her daughter to her mother,” Din said when wife of Jan got her daughter back after convincing her husband.
Sayed Mohammad Samey, director of Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) in northern zone, said had the parents would not return their daughter, it would be an offence according to law.
Samey admitted that poverty-stricken parents sold their children in northern zone but handed over a newborn was the first such incident in the province.
“Islam does not differentiate between son and daughter therefore the parents are considered as culprits by law,” Samey noted.
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