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.
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