Afghan family accused of torturing daughter-in-law

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Posted: Jan 01, 2012 12:29 PM
Afghan family accused of torturing daughter-in-law

President Hamid Karzai says police will arrest members of a family accused of torturing and illegally detaining their son's teenage wife for the past six months while trying to force her into a life of crime.

After meeting senior security officials on Sunday, Karzai said in a statement that whoever used violence against 15-year-old Sahar Gul must be punished.

According to police in northeastern Baghlan province, the in-laws kept Gul in a basement for six months, ripped her hair out and broke her fingers.

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On Saturday, the ministers of public health and women's affairs and the head of the government's human rights commission visited Gul, who is recovering in a Kabul hospital. They demanded from the government that her in-laws be immediately arrested.