January 03, 2012

Afghan officials say they're ready to send tortured girl abroad for treatment

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) -- Afghan officials said Tuesday they are ready to send abroad for treatment a 15-year-old girl who was locked in the basement of her in-laws' house and tortured.
Sediq Sediqqi, a spokeman for the interior ministry, said they would defer to Sahar Gul's doctor on whether she should be sent to India for further treatment.
Meanwhile, police have arrested Sahar's father-in-law, but her husband is still eludes them.
Earlier, officials also arrested her mother-in-law and her sister-in-law.
Last month, authorities in the northern Baghlan province said they rescued the girl after hearing reports that she was tortured after she refused to be forced into prostitution. But, they said, they were waiting for her to fully recover to talk to her and learn more.

Sahar was married off to a 30-year-old man about seven months ago. After her parents reported not seeing her for months, police launched their investigation, Baghlan police official Jawid Basharat said at the time.
"After police rescued her from a dark room of her in-laws' house, we saw her nails had been pulled out by her husband. And she said with broken voice that her husband used to cut her flesh using pliers," he said.
The girl was also denied food, he said.

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