March 18th, 2010
07:41 AM ET

'Shaming' her in-laws costs 19 year old her nose, ears

"When they cut off my nose and ears, I passed out," 19-year-old Bibi Aisha of Afghanistan says with chilling candor.

Her beauty is still stunning and her confidence inspiring. It takes a moment for the barbaric act committed against her to register in your mind and sight.

Wearing her patterned scarf and with roughly painted nails she shares her story.

"It felt like there was cold water in my nose, I opened my eyes and I couldn't even see because of all the blood," she remembers.

It was an act of Taliban justice for the crime of shaming her husband's family.

This story began when Aisha was just 8 years old.

Her father had promised her hand in marriage, along with that of her baby sister's, to another family in a practice called "baad."

"Baad" in Pashtunwali, the law of the Pashtuns, is a way to settle a dispute between rival families.

At 16, she was handed over to her husband's father and 10 brothers, who she claims were all members of the Taliban in Oruzgan province. Aisha didn't even meet her husband because he was off fighting in Pakistan.

"I spent two years with them and became a prisoner," she says. (Watch more of the interview with Aisha)

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 the help and protection she needs.

Offers have been pouring in to help Aisha, but there are many more women suffering in silence.

The United Nations estimates that nearly 90 percent of Afghanistan's women suffer from some sort of domestic abuse. This in a country where there are only about eight women's shelters to provide sanctuary from the cruelty they face. And all of the eight are privately run.

"Bibi Aisha is only one example of thousands of girls and women in Afghanistan and throughout the world who are treated this way - who suffer abuses like this, like this and worse," says board member for WAW, Esther Hyneman.

In 2001, the situation of Afghan women and Taliban brutality received plenty of attention. Now organizations like WAW say the international community is strangely silent on the issue.

Hyneman says not enough is being done to help the women in Afghanistan and that feeds into the hands of the insurgency.

"When you have ... 50 percent of a population on their knees, it's very easy for extremists, tyrants to take over a country," she adds. "They have a ready-made enslaved population."

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.

- This story is part of CNN's Impact Your World project.

soundoff (574 Responses)
  1. Paul NYC

    I'm sorry to say that this is what comes of religion when it is used as an excuse for totalitarianism and a facade to cover the sadism of those people engaging in it. I don't care what the religion, superstition or whatever mumbo-jumbo is, when it justifies violence of any kind, it is a degenerate practice and needs to be tossed on the garbage heap with other failed notions.

    Faith is the relationship between an individual and whatever higher power they choose to believe in. It does not require codified rules, regulations nor a particular building to be valid for the person who feels it. What happened to this woman is a disgrace but those folks who can't see the beam in their own eye here in the United States need to take a close hard look at some of their beliefs.

    March 18, 2010 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  2. Adnama

    How can we help this woman? Is there any way we can donate money for her to have plastic surgery in the States. I was born with facial deformities and had plastic surgery as a child. I know how bad it feels to be different. Please tell us how we can help.

    March 18, 2010 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jadeneo

    Afghanistan Govt's fault. If some cowboys in the North or wherever they are from get out of hand, send in your police/troops etc or are they corrupt and knew about this stuff years ago. mmm. What are people doing in this area if it is like that, move to a city if they can, set up safe havens for them. We had barbaric practices centuries ago too. It's up to their Govt to change their views on people and be strong about it. Wasn't this the same Govt that passed a law about women having to 'service' their husbands a certain number of times per week?

    March 18, 2010 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  4. Dave

    well said, Margo. That's exactly what I was thinking, albeit yours is more eloquent.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  5. Thank you Henry Miller!!!!

    Your comment was perfect! Since the dawn of time people have been committing atrocities because of the single statement "I BELIEVE........"

    To put it into context: I BELIEVE.... in the Easter Bunny so, I can do anything I want to WITH IMPUNITY because......"I BELIEVE."

    People need to learn / understand that, the lunacy of "I BELIEVE" is just an excuse for IGNORANCE.

    KMR

    March 18, 2010 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  6. Dewey Bushaw

    As much as there are individuals and groups to blame for the state of affairs in the middle east, the people (the regular citizens) have the power and responsibility to stand up and change things in their country. Yes it is scary, and people will die for the cause but if they all stand up and demand change it will happen.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  7. Sannaan

    It saddens me that such brutality exists in the world. How can humans be so cruel?

    March 18, 2010 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  8. Ben

    I'm sorry, but EVERY troop knows what they're fighting for..It's the American people who are more concerned with themselves than helping the less fortunate.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  9. bjnj

    That mentality of mixing relious customes with law causes that whole group to be a bunch of sickos. The president of sickoland should personally take a bunch of troops and get that husband a deliver him to a Newark street gang for some "education".

    BJNJ

    March 18, 2010 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  10. MaryP

    Since Karzai is completely dependent on US aid to prop up his dirty regime, we should demand that he takes a no tolerance stance on crimes such as this. If he doesn't we should pull our aid away from his crackerjack government and see how long until he is executed by a Taliban thug who doesn't like him.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  11. mohammed

    any proof that this was made by the taliban

    March 18, 2010 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  12. Lloyd

    This doesn't have anything to do with the Taliban, it's the mentallity if the Afghan's themselves – specifically the males. We cannot change this attitude, the PEOPLE must want to change. If the people don't want change then let's pull out all the armies (US, Canadian, Brits, etc) out of the god-forsaken country and let them do as they please – it's their country. Althoug it's a harsh statement to make, we need to keep all the evil within it's borders.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  13. CMG

    This is Just Plain WRONG! No culture and No religion would accept this behavior. This is all about Power. As long as people continue to excuse this as culture and religion it will continue. These people in the middle east are not running around naked, eating off the ground like an animal. No excuse for this. As long as they have oil and herion they will continue to have the power and insanity to do these cruel acts. The only way to stop it is for the women themselves to stand up and start returning the favor. I am extremely proud of this young girl and I am sure she is probably the happiest she has been in her life.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  14. ???

    However says this is bushes fault needs to think. It has always happend in Islamic customs to do barbaric punishment like this. Yes it is barbaric, yes it should be stopped, yes, women should have freedom to marry who they please. I think that if you blame this on bush, you might as well be blaming it on you little sister. You think we need to think hard, you should think harder!!!

    March 18, 2010 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  15. Ann

    How can I help make a difference, is there a good organization to donate to that helps these women.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  16. Chris

    If you look at this terrible story along with the present scandals in the Catholic Church, the inflamed tensions in Israel and Palestine etc it does not bode well for world religion. Religion seems to be proving itself as a harness for the worst in human nature rather than the best.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  17. Kate

    This is absolutely horrible!
    What's worse is people like American-born Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki calling for a jihad against America, claiming "America is evil"
    Hello Muslims!! This is what your doing to your own people. Great way to live!

    March 18, 2010 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  18. JVREEVES

    It is time we left SWA. I'm former military and I'm tired of the politics and the games. It seems no one wants to win this war. And I see no benefit in propping up another corrupt and useless government. The State Department propaganda that we are doing good over there does not balance out. Bring everyone home. Let us protect America before folks here forget the Constitution. We are wasting resources in SWA. Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq are the same problem areas they have been for 500 years. Let them kill each other off in the backward ways. It is obvious we have enough problems here in the US without taking on other folks as well. Especially when it is totally unappreciated.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  19. Kathleen

    This is not ISLAM, this is tribal garbage that ignorant and savage people say is Islamic "justice" I hope this girl gets offered political asylum in the US or another country now because when the "husband's" family gets word that she is alive they will be looking to carry out an honor killing. Which again is NOT part of Islam for those that do not know. Karzai needs to push for harsher laws punishing the people that commit these crimes to women.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  20. Matt

    Yeah, because there's no brutality towards women in America, right? America is perfect, isn't it?

    March 18, 2010 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  21. Abhinandan Katkuri

    Disgusting! How can somebody do that!

    What must be going through the man's head when he went through the brutal act of cutting the nose and ears.

    The Taliban needs counselling more than anything.

    Thinking about such an act in itself is disgusting, but actually doing it is way beyond. How and why?

    OMG! These people need to go to an asylum...

    March 18, 2010 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  22. Cristina Escontrela

    No matter if this is part of their culture or not... this can not be toletare. People around the world and organizations such as ONU should come together and put an end to all these acts of violence agains women and children.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  23. DRR

    I would pay more taxes for the US to wipe these guys out. Some things are worth fighting for.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  24. Jon

    Anyone that doesn't condem this act of cruelty and torture should have this same act done to them against their will.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  25. Kay1205

    Maybe we are shooting the wrong people in Afganistan. Perhaps we should be supplying guns to helpless women.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  26. LJ

    The Taliban are no better than the Nazis...they use fear and brutality to terrorize those who are weak. They use murder and torture to instill fear. They are extremists who are made up of a group of men who are basically sociopaths with guns. It is such a sad situation for the women in Afghanistan as they suffer silently. The only hope is to rid the country of the Taliban...I do not see that happening any time in the near future!

    March 18, 2010 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  27. Mary

    She is just one of many....there are still more women going through what that girl been through and much worse. It is very very sad how women are treated this way in a place where is their voices is not heard. I feel deeply for this girl and many women out there. Let us not forget how lucky we are in America that we have that freedom. I can only pray for her and her future. God is powerful and he sees our pain.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  28. The Man

    I don't know what is more alarming, the horrific act committed against this poor girl, or the moronic comments made on this board?

    March 18, 2010 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  29. Thorne

    Thank you for pointing out that this practice has very little to do with religion and everything to do with culture. When an anti-abortionist murders a doctor... is it because of Christianity? Or is it a member of a sub-culture who happens to be Christian?
    I don't think it is very cut and dried and we as Americans try to make it us or them... but there is so much gray.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  30. chylene

    that is just sick and wrong, I am sooo glad crap like this doesnt happen legally in the US

    March 18, 2010 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  31. Gordon

    We will live to see Bush finally getting credit for helping to liberate these people. Even Oboma is doing the right thing after promising he would end it. These people need education because without it they act worse than dogs. It has cost us a lot but rewards can't be realized over night. Imagine what these unenlightened people would do if they had W.M.D.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  32. David1268

    Too bad for her and thousands who have undoubtedly suffered similar fates, but that doesn't justify the U.S. efforts to nation build in that part of the world. These countries (Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, etc.) are populated with barbarians who aren't going to change their ways any time soon. We should focus on problems at home and stop sending our military personnel to be killed and maimed in a hopeless struggle. We can't impose democracy or human decency on the animals that live in these regions.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  33. Caity

    I completely understand that these women are in trouble and are being treated unfairly but if the US steps in where we are not welcome, it will only bring more trouble and extreme hatred towards our country.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  34. Bryan

    There is no doubt these actions are reprehensible, unjust, and simply evil by definition. Remember to caution against purely emotional reactionism. Remember there is no justification for repaying evil with evil. Remember that unless you are willing to take FULL responsibility for your actions to deliberate on your course before you begin. Once you are willing to honestly bear the responsibility and burden of righteousness, then act, but be prepared to be humbled and scorned. Serve this act in love not in hate, or you will find your results corrupted by the very wickedness you combat.
    Booker T. Washington
    "I will permit no man to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him."
    Aristotle
    "Anyone can become angry. That is easy. But to be angry with the right person, to the right degree, at the right time, for the right purpose and in the right way – that is not easy."

    March 18, 2010 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  35. ITMAN

    My heart goes out for this young lady, I say bring her to the US for surgery like we did for the young man that was burnt!!!!

    March 18, 2010 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  36. toni

    Mohammad Salman: You are correct. From what I do know about Islam, it is worlds away from the brutality and beliefs of the Taliban. The prophet Mohammed would be shocked at this infliction of brutality upon a woman.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  37. Dan

    Anything is possible in the Arab world.Theirs is an insane world that defies logic and reason. These are the same guys pushing for world domination. Just mkes my blood run very cold.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  38. EM

    And quite honestly, if it were as easy as "talking to them" .... we obviously wouldn't be in a war. Right?

    March 18, 2010 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  39. Laura

    And yet the United States continues to support the Afghan government. And the Haitian government. Both of which allow horribly barbaric treatment of women. Hey women can vote here in the United States, right? Let's get to it ladies....where is Michele Obama on this? Oh right, she cares more about overweight and obese people. Time to vote our "leaders" out and get more women in high places in our government so financial support for this type of extreme torture and abuse toward women stops!

    March 18, 2010 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  40. Erika

    Isn't it wonderful that the United States just pitched in and cancelled Afghanistan's 1.3 Billion debt? American taxpayers must really approve of such behavior.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  41. Natalie

    Although I am against any war and in Afghanistan in particular, after watching this I do strongly believe that some cultures definitely require to be made civil, even if it comes against their wish.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  42. EM

    Hey Rory – who are we to judge??? I dont think that the women who are getting their noses chopped would agree that this is a part of their "culture." Honestly, as a woman, I take offense to that comment. Unbelieveable.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  43. Fah

    This has nothing to do with Islam or being a Muslim. This is some back country, inbred, cultural crap. It makes you wonder how a culture that treats its women this way is able to survive. It's too bad she didn't have a .45 under her burka to deal with this idiot in the manner with which he deserves.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  44. Alex76

    Yet the Middle East calls America Evil.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  45. muna wahome

    Appalling barbarism/criminality. But no reason to judge other people of different historical background collectively as animals. Is Tim Macveigh typical American?

    March 18, 2010 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  46. Marylin

    This is horrible. How can I help this women? I can not understand how humans are capable of doing such horrible things to one another.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  47. Sonya

    This is a crime agains humanity. How can we stand by and do nothing????

    What can we do to help women that are in this situation?

    March 18, 2010 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  48. Cathy Kayser

    When blacks or Jews are victims en masse the West condemns the brutality and sometimes even goes to war (World War II being the most dramatic example). When women are the victims somehow it's all explained away as a problem of "culture". The Taliban are as evil as the Nazis and should be treated as such. Instead, there's even talk by the Obama administration of negotiating with them! I say we need to arm women so they can defend themselves from these monsters.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  49. scott k

    barbarism at its best.... pathetic state of affairs for humanity....

    March 18, 2010 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  50. David Peterson

    If the Muslim religion does not condone mutilation as punishment, shouldn't the Muslin religion be against the Taliban? Wouldn't Christians side with Muslims here against the actions of the Taliban? Wait a second. When you have an oppressive government in power it is kind of hard to stand against the government – unless you want torture and death for yourself and your family.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  51. tim

    yay for religion!!

    March 18, 2010 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  52. Nadia

    This has nothing to do with Islam this is more a tribal culture. Women go through physical abuse all over the world. Even in america and Europe .17.6 % of women in the United States have survived a completed or attempted rape. Of these, 21.6% were younger than age 12 when they were first raped, and 32.4% were between the ages of 12 and 17. This has nothing to do with religion islam or christianity. Infact when people will follow the religion properly be it Islam or christinaity these things would not happen. Also lack of education and poverty is one of the biggest causes of this kind of treatment. In india there is a hindu bride burning case every mint but has nothing to do with hinduism. And in india they burn the woman with her husband corpse if he dies before her. This is again tribal culture. Hopefully men does not which part of the world they come from start educating them about these issues.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
    • paresh

      please dont give your valuable tips about the hindu culture and their beliefs,just try to solve your own religion matter.

      October 13, 2010 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  53. Joey

    And we are sending our brave men and women in harms way to help some barbaric civilization to acustom itself into a democratic society. What is the difference between the Taliban, and the Karzai government that the US is helping?. No difference, they all the same, barbaric people that can't even appreciate beauty, or in fact they wont even appreciate what the US is doing to improve that stone age civilization of theirs. What the US need to do is to leave that stupid country, and on the way out take some of the disfigured women to the US to have their face reconstructed and give them political refugee status.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  54. Stephen

    Religous dogma is never an excuse for stupidity.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  55. henry Davis

    ...Anybody who thinks these barbarians are not living in the Stone Age is as of an idiot as they are... Settling family disputes by promising your daughter's hand in marriage?! WTF!!!!!

    March 18, 2010 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  56. Thinker

    Barbarians. Why does any government allow those kind of beasts to even breath. Let me guess there was no one woman on the court, and no one even bothered to ask why she left her husband. I think the world is handling this wrong, we should allow all women refugee statutes and take them all out of those countries, maybe when the men figure out that they just lost more then just ‘livestock’ they will change their way, or maybe just go gay.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  57. Andrew

    No matter how bad we think we have it here within our Government, we need to think again! That is just aweful! Standing up for your rights and feelings... is this 1860 again?

    March 18, 2010 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  58. Igor

    Yeah – religion ruins everything. The Catholics did much worse during the Spanish Inquisition. Just stop believing in fairy tales and invisible sky wizards.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  59. E. S. Daniel

    Where are the worlwide protests on the streets of Berkeley and London against the persons who "lafully" institutionalize such practices, and where are the women's groups who appear to shrug their shoulders at what happens to these women? Their silence is deafening.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  60. Moumita

    People, please don't debate about what is barabric and what is acceptable in modern concept. This is a serious problem about women torture whether it be in Afghanistan or somewhere else in the world. This is not an academic discussion – its a dire problem that needs international community's help and support. Would you have engaged in the same political or social discussion if it were one of your own family member ? it just makes me so angry and as a woman more frustrated. CNN, since you are covering the story can you please let us know how we can help her and others who are in this state ?

    March 18, 2010 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
    • paresh

      not only bad for woman,its for all leaving creature of god

      October 13, 2010 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  61. sassysuzette

    I cannot understand why women are valued so little. Without women, those men would not be alive to hurt them. Women have a necessary gift - giving birth, giving life. This is sad for me.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  62. Ahmad

    I am proud to be a Muslim. In Islam there no such punishment like cutting nose of a woman. Even non Muslims who have a good understanding about Islam Know that Islam is the religion of all respected Prophets from Adam to Abraham through Solomon, Moses and Jesus to Mohammad (Peace be upon all of them). History is a true witness which tells us that Islam is the religion that gave dignity, respect and rights to women in particular and moralized and steered the humanity in general. Islam gives human beings a unique freedom from slavery, bondage and injustice. All evil what we see nowadays is deviation from Islam. The barbaric acts are truly un-Islamic and in real sense are the fallout of traditionalism and exploitation. As we live in the era of information technology, I hope that both Muslims and non-Muslims understand the real teachings of Islam and the way our beloved Prophet Mohammad and his companions taught and practiced it, this planet called Earth will turn into Paradise very soon. MayGod show us the right Path.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  63. reeves

    so why do our many soldiers we have over there not chop the taliban's ears nose and all FIVE limbs off?????????!!
    sounds like a plan to me.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  64. Cris

    this is barbaric and inhumane... i feel so sorry for women that have to endure these types of torture... it was nice to read that Bibi Aisha is still able to smile, her strength is amazing... with that being said, i do want everyone to note that her "husband" took her to Taliban court, not Islamic court... Islam is a peaceful religion, but there are scum out there manipulating it for their own personal gain... then again, what religion hasn't been deformed by mankind... this is ridiculous.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  65. Amina

    there is no justice in this country. sure people r outraged by what happen, but if they speak out who is going to protect them from the same people that did it to her? there is no law and order and thats the only reason why the tailban get away with it. its not their culture, its the idiots who decide the can do whatever they want because they have no consequences.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  66. mark

    muslims need to condemn barbaric acts & the pacifist muslim needs to stand up to that barbarian muslim.

    until they respect one another and their women they can't respect anyone else

    March 18, 2010 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  67. Kat

    Donate to Women For Women International and Central Asia Institute – read Three Cups of Tea. Or all three. Plus you could join the military and be on the ground making a difference. I haven't made it to Afghanistan yet, but I'm in Iraq doing my best here.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  68. lou

    No matter how you look at it, these individuals that committ these kinds of behaviors are animals. There is nothing inside the skull obviously.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  69. Oscar Valiente

    May God have Mercy on these people.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  70. LittleA

    I think there's a lot of FAIL in here. I'm pretty sure Rory was being ironic.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  71. Scott in NH

    I see comments claiming we can't change 2000 years of evil, but in Afghanistan women worked as teachers, architects and doctors before the Taliban and Mujahadeen too control. Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan both funded the Mujahadeen, and Reagan heavily funded the Taliban knowing full well who they were and what they would do to women. But nobody in the US government actually cared what would happen to the women, which is why RAWA (Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan) hates the United States as much as it hates the Taliban. To claim that we've helped these people, or that their problems exist completely outside of our influence is to ignore the history of the region since 1979.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  72. CPR

    another fine example of why all religion is ridiculous. Wake up, the dark ages were done 600 years ago and accept your mortality and inhumane acts like this would dissipate.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  73. Adam

    This is BARBARIC.. I know the religion doesn't teach such actions.. I've studied it thoroughly.. Women and children are to be shown mercy even if they're on the enemies side.. I think Taliban should be elminated completely.. these people were brought up with such ideology and no one can change them..

    March 18, 2010 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  74. Danish

    I can't even imagine the pain this girl has already gone through because of these people in that area of the world. But their ignorance is not only towards women. I remember when i was in Pakistan in early 2000, i met a guy who was a painter at that time, he told me how brutally they slaughtered a Russian soldier in the war (same war that was sponsored by US). I asked him didn't he feel any mercy for him, he was a human being after all? He replied, this is what Allah orders us. I tried to explain him without much success that nowhere in Quran such a treatment is allowed. But when the leaders of the nation become corrupt, that means nation as a whole is corrupt too, and they loose any sense of morality and faith.

    I would like to mention here that these things are not only found in Pakistan or Afghanistan. We have recently seen many child abductions in western world, a guy going to his girlfriends house and cutting her entire family into pieces. Today on BBC i read that an Indian couple killed few kids just in a desire to get one of their own through black magic. So we need to educate entire world. People of US, Canada, UK and other civilized world need to do a lot because God has blessed them. Situations of Bibi Aisha and other men and women like her wouldn't change by conquering the lands, we need to conquer their hearts and minds.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  75. Justice the barbaric way

    For every male member that is captured and confirmed taliban, we let the woman publicly castrate them by what ever means they feel comfortable with, and cut out there tongues

    March 18, 2010 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  76. John

    Well said Henry Miler. Maybe one day we will get it through our heads that religion has done much much more harm that good. Before I get comments on all the wonderful charity work etc that religious organizations do let me explain that all of that can be and is done without a religious mandate. On the other side of the coin, it is a rare day indeed where atrocities take place without some sort of religious belief.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  77. Christine Lord

    God please protect without exception our separation of church and state

    March 18, 2010 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  78. Sean

    And there is talk of negotiating with the Taliban? We should make "deals" with these savages? Stuff like this should wake the American people up! As far as I am concerned, such an individual who has performed such a barbarous act on his wife has no human rights. He is an animal.

    The sooner we eliminate the Taliban and Islamic Fundamentalists, in general, from the face of the world, the better off we will be as a species. Groups like the Taliban are a cancer on humanity, and cannot be dealt with in any rational manner. They know only barbarism and their radicalization precludes them from ever having any sort of conscience. They are, in a word, evil.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  79. JImbo

    To Bob-This has nothng to do with religous morality in general. It has to do with the barbarism of a specific religion being preverted. I think that it does a great dissrevice to people who are religous to paint this as a generic religous thing. It is Islamic Fascists of the taliban not the church-going American christian. It is inuslting and untrue to imply otherwise

    March 18, 2010 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  80. jwp

    Taliban are vermin and should be exterminated from the face of the earth. Unbelievable!

    March 18, 2010 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  81. CarolWest

    My heart goes out to these women and girls – the Taliban are extremely evil and insane people whose evil knows no bounds – I pray for these women and all the women who live in these Islamic countries and hope that one day things will be different for them.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  82. Jenny

    This is an example of what can happen if we let religion interfere with our laws. The "court" ordered her nose and ears to be cut off. Absolutely unacceptable. I hope this poor girl is able to heal- physically and mentally. My prayers will be with her.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  83. JC

    Any culture that condones this kind of sickness doesn't deserve to be understood or helped.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  84. Jlee

    We should take all the women outta there- then kill all Taliban. Hate to be harsh but those idiot men would not exist without women- as from a woman they are born. I do not think they realize that fact.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  85. L.A.W.

    This story is heartwrenching. I am absolutely sickened by the brutality exercised against this young woman. While I respect other cultures, I find no reason to respect actions like this. I hope Bibi Aisha and humanitarians continue to raise awareness about her situation, as I am sure it is not unique, so that others in the region can help lead changes in policy and ultimately the elimination of such horrific acts.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  86. MIke

    I believe Islam is a peaceful Religion. It is humans interpretation of that religion is where the problem begins. After all look back at 1000 years of Christianity. Church elders did basically the same thing. Those of us in the West MUST continue to help these people. Only time will heal wounds. We must not judge them based on their cutlture. Only by showing them how caring and loving we really are will they truely see where the evil in the world resides. Remember a lot of these people know nothing else but what they have been taught. The best way to beat them is to love these people, help them and not try to convert them. They must discover, on their own, where the truth lies, where their destiny lies. We gain nothing by lowering our standards to be like the the Taliban and others. I believe we are above that. We must show others, through actions, that we are better than the Taliban.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  87. ACH

    While we've reached a point in civilization where we understand the importance of respecting all cultures and nurturing them in the fold of internationalism, there are clearly some cultures who have not yet evolved socially or who seek to hold back the tide of humanitarian progression. Islam extremism as evidenced by the Taliban is one such example. It is abundantly evident that these people laugh in the face of ideals such as freedom and compassion and, as a result, can not and should not be tolerated by the community of nations. Stories such as this young woman's horrific disigurement should remind us all why the fight in the Middle East is of such grave importance to people everywhere, not just in the US.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  88. Adam

    There should be no mercy for these Taliban animals.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  89. Norm

    This just makes me want to cry. Dear Lord please help these people.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  90. Tiger

    Welcome to Sharia law.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  91. dimes1

    The Taliban are monsters as are all of the Muslims in the Middle East. Israel is the only civilized people in the region. In the name of religion they maim, kill, rape and abuse women and those weaker than them. That is no religion, just a people who hate anything decent.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  92. Je

    I swear its like a bunch of sociopath serial killers joined together and formed a group called the Taliban. Must be in the genes. How can change minds of these people? Can't teach empathy.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  93. Kimberly

    I haven't quite figured out why some people keep saying "Islam" this and "Islam" that. More correctly, it is the Afghan culture - a male-dominated archaic culture, I might add - that has led to this atrocity. It's crazy to blame everything on religion. What if I were to say America needs to be overhauled because too many Christians are running around killing in the name of Jesus (please do Google murders that are faith-based in the US)? And no, I'm not saying this because I'm foreign-born (I'm not). I would just like for more people to realize that you can't change a country by changing their religion. Men having been treating women like cattle since the beginning of time. The only difference is we Americans had the feminist movement thankfully, while many Afghans still believe women are negligible goods to be traded, sold, and slaughtered.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  94. Richter™

    Absolutely horrible.
    If this was happening to our own children by a force within our own country, wouldn't we want help from someone in the world to stop this cruelty?
    Of course we would,
    And that is why we're over there. Because if the tables were turned, we'd want such help.
    Anyone who says otherwise is a liar.

    As a moral Canadain citizen, my country's troops have my full support.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  95. Perplexified

    This sounds like something out of the old testament. The culture that allows this entire situation hasn't evolved one iota. How can the rest of us expect to understand? I could not relate to the way women were treated thousands of years ago and really cannot relate to this. Pure insanity. I do believe that we all get what's coming to us and that people who commit crimes against others will all pay for those crimes, in one way or another.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  96. jj

    ... And don't forget, Christianity is a peaceful, gentle religion – yet it has had its moments, and still does. Plenty of cruelty in the name of religion here.
    And I could 'blame this on Bush', for helping to allow our extremists more power and access. But there are plenty of others to blame.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  97. irdak

    what they did to her is wrong on so many levels, And qazwsx is right : Mohammad would never want this type of justice,

    I think there are 2 ways to go about this;
    a) an eye for an eye, punish the punisher in the same manner
    b) educate the people, which will likely prevent the cruel punishments similar to this in the first place.

    Applying the first option is a temporary solution ( e.i sweeping dirt under the rug) but education will have better long-term results,

    “There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance”

    March 18, 2010 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  98. Ravis McNeal

    As I read some of the comments posted I can understand and relate to the feelings of anger that a story like this can stir up. I, in no way, find these practices acceptable. However, the region is evolving. It will take decades to seperate religious seeded punishments, what we feel is barbaric, from what we feel is a more humane way of disipline. It wasn't that long ago that we were burning women at the stake and crushing them under boulders, or letting the public stone them to death and calling it justice. There was even a time when men were allowed to beat their wives on the courthouse steps as long as the stick they used was no bigger round than thier thumb. Does the word barbaric come to mind when we think of that? I should hope so. Yet we evolved. It didn't happen over night. It took many years to get to where we are and our system is still flawed, yet we judge. Given time they will too evolve.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  99. Sunny

    So, many of you are sitting back and complaining about it, then why not go out there make a difference rather than chastising few individuals in that part of the World. Like someone had said it is 2000 yrs of practice – cannot be changed overnight. Although war is not the answer and we want our troops home – if they are brought home then that practice continues and gets stronger – yet we are all sheltered in our World here... it is sort of like a catch22.

    So, was it ok when we (Americans) hung blacks back in the days? Was that ok if this is not? – It is easier to criticize but not accept.

    How we can help? – By spreading the love around you here, be kind, be peaceful, accept every race, religion, culture around you from the inside (not b/c you want to portray that you are a kind person – ppl see through that as well). And, maybe, that energy can be spread across planet some day.

    'you be the change that you wish see in the World' -Mahatma Gandhi

    March 18, 2010 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  100. Micheal

    This is hard to read, it's such a tragedy people are born into such an opprseive and barbaric culture. All countries have their problems, but we should be moving away from religion and into an era of understanding. A human era, spirituality opposed to religion which is always a crux for this type of evil.

    Thanks god I am in Europe, I feel so sad for people who are oppressed by religion.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
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