Bush/Obama’s ‘new’ Afghanistan, horror for women, leniency for torturers

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Sahar Gul, a 15-year old girl brutally tortured by her in-laws for refusing prostitution. (Photo: RFE/RL)

From AFP news agency:

July 13, 2013

Afghanistan court releases men convicted of torturing 15-year-old bride

Afghan rights groups expressed indignation over the early releases, calling it a step back in time for Afghanistan’s women

A court in Kabul ordered the early release of three people convicted over the torture of a child bride, an official confirmed Saturday, in a move denounced by activists as a blow for women’s rights.

Sahar Gul, who was 15 at the time her ordeal, was burned, beaten and had her fingernails pulled out by her husband and in-laws after she refused to become a prostitute in a case that shocked the world.

She was found in the basement of her husband’s house in northeastern Baghlan province in late 2011, having been locked in a toilet for six months prior to her rescue by police.

Her father-in-law, mother-in-law and sister-in-law were sentenced to…

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