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A mother in quandary finally gets her new-born girl back

A mother in quandary finally gets her new-born girl back

May 15, 2015 - 16:37

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 Imaminfo-icon 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 Afghanistaninfo-icon 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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