Aisha’s Afghani butcher arrested

Contributed by: It’s Me Louise

The father-in-law, Haji Suleman, of a 18 year old Afghan woman who said her nose and ears were sliced off to punish her for running away from her violent husband has been arrested, the Afghan Interior Ministry said Wednesday. Aisha said she ran away to escape her in-laws’ beatings and abuse.

Under orders from a Taliban commander acting as a judge, she was disfigured last year as punishment for fleeing her husband’s home, according to Time’s story in August and other accounts.

When Aisha, appeared on the Aug. 9 cover of Time magazine, the world was outraged and she became the face of Islamic domestic violence against women under Sharia Law. According to the NY Times Afghan police unable to get to the remote village, carried out the arrest when the suspect visited a bazaar.

“It would have taken 100 armored vehicles to go in there to that village,” the district police chief, Mohammed Gul, said according to the Times.

It is not clear if he has been formally charged but he was being held in jail in Uruzgan province. Suleman said he was “innocent” making the following statement ,

 

“Aisha’s father is accusing me,” he added. “He had proposed to me to kill her because she had brought shame on him after she fled her house.”

Aisha’s father, who was identified only as Mohammadzai, wants his daughter returned.

“She has been kidnapped by foreigners from my house,” … “I want her back.”

Aisha was sent to Los Angeles over the summer for reconstructive surgery. In September, she was fitted with a temporary, prosthetic nose so she could visualize what she would look like and to help build her confidence.

We need to be sure to give Aisha asylum in the United States and she needs time to assimilate into our culture before she ever feel comfortable as a being with the right to be whole. Welcome to America Aisha.

Aisha:18-year-old sentenced by a Taliban

Barbara

Snip from TIME:

 Our cover image this week is powerful, shocking and disturbing. It is a portrait of Aisha, a shy 18-year-old Afghan woman who was sentenced by a Taliban commander to have her nose and ears cut off for fleeing her abusive in-laws. Aisha posed for the picture and says she wants the world to see the effect a Taliban resurgence would have on the women of Afghanistan, many of whom have flourished in the past few years. Her picture is accompanied by a powerful story by our own Aryn Baker on how Afghan women have embraced the freedoms that have come from the defeat of the Taliban — and how they fear a Taliban revival.  

As horrifying as this cover of TIME is I am glad after much consideration they decided to print it.

 The world needs to be aware of just how badly women are abused. Can you even wrap your mind around the fact that this beautiful girl had her nose and ears cut off to control her behavior?

 What civil society remains silent to this?

If this was done to a live animal many groups would be yelling about abuse, yet done to a girl. Silence.

This girl Aisha has lifted her veil as so many courageous women are doing to break the silence.

You are their voice. Speak up.

 I commend TIME for this cover.  And as always I salute the women who are lifting the veil of silence. http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,2007269,00.html

Note from BJ *You will find on any given day crowds marching against racism charges (mostly false) and demanding amnesty for illegal immigrants. Even the uncovering of dog fighting would bring out a large crowd protest! Yet sexism and misogyny doesn’t even tip the meter! People will gasp at this cover and tomorrow forget it just like all the other misogyny they ignore. Sins of omission.

Care and Hope for Bibi Aisha from Afghanistan: http://www.grossmanburnfoundation.org/

At 16, her father promised her hand in marriage and she was handed over to a large family, who she claims were all members of the Taliban in Oruzgan province. “I spent two years with them and became a prisoner,” she says. Tortured and abused, she couldn’t take it any longer and decided to run away. Two female neighbors promising to help took her to Kandahar province. But this was just another act of deception. When they arrived to Kandahar her female companions tried to sell Aisha to another man. All three women were stopped by the police and imprisoned. Aisha was locked up because she was a runaway. And although running away is not a crime, in places throughout Afghanistan it is treated as one if you are a woman. A three-year sentence was reduced to five months when President Hamid Karzai pardoned Aisha. But eventually her father-in-law found her and took her back home. That was the first time she met her husband. He came home from Pakistan to take her to Taliban court for dishonoring his family and bringing them shame. The court ruled that her nose and ears must be cut off. An act carried out by her husband in the mountains of Oruzgan where they left her to die. But she survived. And with the help of an American Provincial Reconstruction Team in Oruzgan and the organization Women for Afghan Women (WAW), she is finally getting help. The United Nations estimates that nearly 90 percent of Afghanistan’s women suffer from some sort of domestic abuse. “Bibi Aisha is only one example of thousands of girls and women in Afghanistan and throughout the world who are treated this way. Aisha is reminded of that enslavement every time she looks in the mirror. But there still times she can laugh. And at that moment you see her teenage spirit escaping a body that has seen a lifetime of injustice.

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