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‘Abducted’ girl rescued in Kunduz, 8 suspects held

‘Abducted’ girl rescued in Kunduz, 8 suspects held

Mar 10, 2016 - 17:10

KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): A high school girl, who was abducted, sold and forced into marriage, has been rescued and eight people have been detained in connection with the case in northern Kunduz province, the governor said on Thursday.

Asadullah Amarkhel told a press conference there that the 12-grade student at Fatima Al-Zahra High School in Kunduz City had been abducted 40 days ago from the school to Taloqan, the capital of northeastern Takhar province.

Her kidnappers sold her to a family for 300,000 afghanis and the family forced her into marrying one of its male members, the governor said.

Four kidnappers and as many members of the accused family, including the father, son and two daughters, were detained on Wednesday by security forces, he said, adding the girl had been tortured by the family for refusing to marry their boy.

The rescued girl said she fell unconscious after her brother’s brother-in-law offered her a cake to eat.

When she came to senses, she found herself in a house where she was told that she had been sold to them by her kidnappers against 300,000 afghanis and she would have to marry a man in the family.

Mother of the girl thanked security forces for rescuing her daughter and asked the government to punish her kidnappers.

However, a sister of the man who forced married the girl, said they had not abducted the girl.

“I went to a medical store with my mother in Taloqan when we met this girl who asked for our assistance and said she did not know anyone in the city.”

“She came with us to our home for a while and saw my brother and said she want to marry him,” the sister claimed, giving a twist to the story.

She said they regretted the marriage and that they did not know the girl had been abducted.


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