I don’t know how many of you might have heard the story of Sahar Gul, a young Afghanistan girl. She was forced into marriage at a young age of thirteen in 2011. Sahar Gul who was unwilling to sleep with her husband was drugged by her mother-in-law and later raped by her husband. She was thrown into a basement and tortured for months at the hand of her in-laws after refusing to prostitute herself.
Sahar was given very little to eat and was tortured with hot pokers. Her in-laws reportedly broke her fingers and tore out some of her fingernails. She was beaten with sticks, bitten and hot irons were inserted in her ears and vagina.
She was rescued when her uncle alerted the local police who forced open the door to the room where she was kept for over five months. She was found lying on a pile of hay; her dress was in rags, she was barely conscious and could hardly stand. She was taken to hospital for treatment.
Her mother-in-law, father-in-law and sister-in-law were arrested. In 2012 all three were sentenced to ten years in prison. Sahar feels they should have received longer sentences. She has filed an appeal for a longer sentence with the help of the Women for Afghan Women, a group that works with women’s rights in the country and has been caring for her since her rescue.
Her husband, a soldier in the Afghan National Army is still on the run.