Balkhab woman tortured by husband for 15 years
SAR-I-PUL (Pajhwok): Khairun Nisa, a 35 years old woman from the Balkhab district of northern Sar-i-Pul province claims she was tortured for 15 years by her husband, but no one listened to her complaints.
A mother of four, who is currently living in the provincial capital, told Pajhwok Afghan News 17 years ago, she married a man named Syed Yaqoot in her native village Tarkhoj in Balkhab district.
Nisa acknowledged her husband’s behaviour was fine in the first two years after their marriage. But later on, he started beating her on different pretexts and forced her to complain to district officials several times.
“Whenever I went to the authorities to register my complaint, I was told influential figures are mediating. As a consequence, I had to accept torture at the hands of my husband,” the woman added.
She was expelled from home by her hubby and was beaten along with her father in front of Aqa Mir, the district crime branch chief.“My complaint has not been heard so far because the Balkhab crime branch chief is the uncle of my husband and he is supporting his nephew.”
Syed Reza, father of Nisa, confirmed that he and his daughter had been warned of being killed if they complained. The warning was issued by a man who once mediated between Nisa and her spouse.
“I was obliged to come to Sar-i-Pul City in quest of justice, because no one in Balkhab listens to us,” he remarked, askingthe officials concerned to pay attention to their problem.
Women Affairs Director Nasim Arzo said Nisa had shared her complaint with the department and she was currently kept in a shelter house. Nisa was suffering from psychological problems as she has been tortured for a long time, Arzo added.
Insecurity and lack of cooperation from the district crime branch have caused most of people to take cases of violence against women to the capital of the province, she said.
Pajhwok tried to talk to security officials on the issue, but no contact could be established. However, the Balkhab crime branch chief said he was ready to act according to the law.
He said Nisa was his cousin and Syed Yaqoot was his uncle. He denied of being biased to the woman.“It is a family problem, but some people are trying to make it a political issue.”
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