Tortured Farah teenage bride seeks divorce
FARAH CITY (Pajhwok): A 14-year-old married girl, Yagana, in western Farah province says her husband uses to beat her, fastens her hands in chains and burns her body with hot iron rods to force her father to return him the traditional bride money.
Yagana, a resident of Ginbagh village of Purchaman district, came to the provincial capital, Farah City, with her brother and father to visit the governor’s house and seek divorce from her husband and get him punished.
Her brother Abdul Majeed, 24, told Pajhwok Afghan News his father had demanded 500,000 afghanis in bride price locally known as walwar from the groom, Amanullah, 25, but Amanullah only offered 300,000 afs, saying he had no more money.
He said their family then compelled to accept the reduced price and give Yagana in marriage to Amanullah who belongs to Darabad village on the outskirts of Farah City.
The brother said the road between Purchaman district and Farah City was in a highly rundown condition and the long distance between the two villages prevented them from meeting Yagana.
He said they had twice tried to take his sister home, but her husband did allow this. The brother said later they came to know that Amanullah used to severely beat Yagana to ask her father to return the money.
“Last week, I was informed that Yagana is sick, so we come to take her,” he said, adding his sister was so weak.
Unable to stand on her own due to weakness, the child bride said in low tune that her husband had been subjecting her to different types of violence since they married a year back.
“Amanullah always beats me with chains and hot rods with my hands and feet tied. He asks me to return the money taken by my father. He does not give me food, except a loaf of bread after a long time,” she said.
With tears rolling down his cheeks, her father, Abdullah, 73, regretted taking the bride price from Amanullah, saying his son-in-law had broken her hands. “I and my two sons are farmers and we are poor people and don’t know anybody in the city. We went to the women’s affairs department and the governor’s office to get divorce for my daughter from the cruel person,” he said.
Meanwhile, Acting Women’s Affairs Director Shah Gul Sadeed said signs of torture were visible on Yagana’s body and her arm was broken. “In fact Yagana’s father is guilty for marrying his minor daughter to the person,” he said, adding that they had introduced Yagana to the women shelter, but officials at the shelter denied to admit her due to her critical health condition.
The director said Amanullah had been arrested and referred to the prosecutor’s office on charges of violence against his wife.
Over the past six months, 46 cases of violence, six beating, 28 divorces, 11 cases of fleeing homes, five of breaking engagements, four cases of denying bride money and three murders have been registered with his department, he concluded.
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