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 (568 Responses)
  1. Jester

    Islam has got nothing to do with this barbarian behavior. Allah will punish those who did this to her

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

    People commenting here are as ignorant as the afghanis are. There is not a single word that mentions about Islam or Islamic law in this article and yet we ignorant americans relate to whatever the Afghanis do to Islam. I have been to many muslim countries and theres no such islamic law !!! Its just a cultural thing. Please dont blame the religion.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  3. DR

    “Dare to reach out your hand into the darkness, to pull another hand into the light.”
    —Norman B. Rice

    March 18, 2010 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jordanisrad

    Dang, and they said Christians were bad.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  5. Gilbert

    Their God is ego.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  6. David Merchant

    Rory: I am sorry you didn't pay attention in Sociology 101. Soc 101 does not say we should hold in high regard every culture. Sociology tries to study different cultures as objectively as possible so as to more fully understand those cultures. Why is that important? Because the better you understand the culture, the conscious and the subconscious foundations for it, the better you can interact with it, including helping it to change. Even enemies – the better you know your enemy, the better you can fight them.

    It is my hope that people of this world can keep working to reduce this form of barbarism, no matter where it may be.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  7. mo

    Sickening. Poor girl. These disgusting waste of human space need to be wiped off the earth. This girls spirit will always be stronger than any sick ideals and evil actions the Taliban will ever have.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  8. Robert

    "It takes a moment for the barbaric act committed against her to register in your mind and sight." ?!?!?! hOW COULD YOU MISS IT? It's the first thing that you notice. Poor thing. How is this happening? APPALING!!!

    March 18, 2010 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  9. Missa

    Absolutely disgusting to think that they believe that this is "just" or even right to do. They have demented ways of punishment & for her to even be punished for running away from a situation that was abusive? These people need help!

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

    When are we as a nation going to get involved in international women's rights the way we get involved in monetary interests all over the globe. As an american, I welcome international women of opression to our shores and hope all socieities which place our sisters under oppression and cruelty in any form find themselves the result of the lack of our presence in their socieites. Feed on yourselves until you cease to exist!

    March 18, 2010 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  11. Barbaricly Wrong

    This is so wrong on many platforms. The free world does not understand how good we have it when compared to these barbaric back in time countries. One can only hope that in time these countries can improve their stance and treatment of equalities between both sexes. America is worried about health care reform when some countries are worried about actually living safely. This is so much more than the deliberate pathetic and idiotic embarrassing hatred among political parties in the US.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  12. tt2

    It happens in many places in the world, particularly in India. didn't CNN report a similiar case last year about an indian wife running away and was later tortured?

    March 18, 2010 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  13. Nicholas

    Perhaps before you bash Islam you should consider this: The Taliban is an organization that has taken Islamic law to an extreme in their society. They aren't representative of the whole Islamic nation, or the typical Islamic practice.

    Think of how cruel and menacing the Catholic church was to the Lutherans back in the day, burning people alive for having a different view on a religious text and basically acting as if they were the absolute authority on everything. Seem similar? Now, does that mean all Catholics at that time felt that way? No.

    Religion being used to justify cruelty and atrocity is a perfect example of why it shouldn't exist in modern society. It is a man made construct that has predominantly been used to control the masses and instill fear in people in order to rule.

    Luckily as time passed more and more people have freed themselves from this form of psychological oppression and the young people of most countries are being taught to think for themselves rather than adhere to the "teachings" of a work of fiction.

    So if you're a "good Christian" ready to decry the evils of Islam, think about where you came from. There has been just as much blood spilled in your religions name throughout the centuries, if not more.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  14. Kari

    I think the worst part about this is that even if they tried to find the people that actually did this to her, they wouldn't think that they did anything wrong. It is ingrained in their culture that women can be treated this way. Preventing this from happening again requires a lot more than punishing the few who were responsible for this terrible crime, it requires revamping an entire societal opinion.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  15. Jean

    Please remember that the Taliban does not represent ALL of the Islam peoples. There are Christian extremists in our own midst who have done atrocities in our own not-too-distant past. KKK, anyone?

    March 18, 2010 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  16. Daniel

    This has been going on for hundreds of years,long before there was a Taliban.Incidentally,the Communists tried to end this practice in Afghanistan in the 1980's.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  17. Eric

    This is just one of those Western propaganda stories. What evidence has CNN that the Taliban were involved in this barbaric act? There are many warlords in Afghanistan that are not Taliban but are with the government of Karzai that could have carried out this act. CNN should avoid taking the easy way out and publishing one sided stories. CNN needs to do investigative journalism....have they interviewed the husband? Have they approached the Taliban to confirm this story? Not at all!!! CNN only publishes one sided stories.

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

    They see women as property, which is why they do this. They are a bunch of sociopathic criminals. It wouldn't matter what religion they followed. People like this use religion to give their violent impulses some "higher meaning". Any rational caring person who follows a religion would not use religion to justify committing acts that violate a persons rights and safety. As for violence portrayed in the teachings of some religions, these same rational caring people would interpret this as symbolic rather than to be taken literally.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  19. Danny

    Hey guys , Islam is a religion of peace! Yeah sure. To be honest though, as horrible as this is its really not our business. Its not up to us to save the world from every lousy group of people in it. If the Taliban didnt harbor Bin Laden and other extremists, we wouldnt be there and we wouldnt get involved. As awful as it is, this kind of stuff goes on in alot of places. Africa has some areas where its even worse. You cant eradicate it, and you cant kill everyone for being this way. This is the way they were brought up for centures to be. Stay away, and be thankful we all live in countries where this lunacy doesnt exist

    March 18, 2010 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  20. Chitral Cheetah

    Write to your Senators and representatives to stop support countries like Paksitan by supplying them advanced weaponry and other than what is needed to kill the Taleban. They are a vicious lot. They have turned Afghanistan into this. How can the US support a regime which does this and hosts Al Queda incl. Osama Bin Laden.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  21. Em

    I am horrified about this entire situation! We need to remember that this goes on everyday over there, and that this is just ONE of their stories. This whole stiuation is barbaric and disgusting. To realize and know that this is still going on in the world today is horrifying. It is very sad these people won't stand up for themselves and are subjected to this kind of cruelty. What is even more sad is that to them it is normal. Our troops are fighting everyday for a cause and I am proud to say that I support them 100%. If nothing else we need to pray for everyone over there everyday. Including the ones we are against. This is a sad situation, and I hate to hear about it. Nobody deserves to be treated in that way.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  22. star

    Culture? to abuse women? Jeez, if only there was a way to resue all women of Afghnistan...

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

    Sadaam and his henchmen did evil things. We went in there and took him out. But the dems say we should have let those abuses continue.

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

    There are plenty of religious nuts in the US that would love to run this like the Taliban. When men start legislating what women should or should not do, fundamentalist LDS and Christian denominations, and a host of other ultra conservative movements, women best know that wearing the burka is coming next.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  25. Margo

    What an assinine comment, Rory, to proclaim "all cultures should be respected." Barbarity that masquerades as "culture" should absolutley be challenged, not respected. Slavery existed in the U.S. and the South defended it as part of their culture (which it was, by your implied definition). So what? We shouldn't have challeneged and ended slavery because it was part of the culture of the South? Be reasonable. Certain cultural practices infringe upon basic human rights, and are imposed by those who hold power to exploit those who don't hold power. This should by all means be challenged and changed by those who uphold the sanctity of basic human decency for all people.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  26. nick

    To everyone who thinks that we need to talk to these animals, understand that talking is pointless. It is because of their extremist version of islam that they hate us, because they view us all as infidels. We are not people to them, only waste that needs to be cleaned from the earth. If you are ignorant enough to believe otherwise, look at the countless stories of americans beheaded on television. They would do the same to you in a heartbeat if given a chance.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  27. RMH123

    Animals is too polite a term for these people. How anyone (or a group of people) can sit around and rationally decide to do this to another person defies comprehension.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  28. Margaret

    This sounds like a horrible "BAAD" practice, true to its name. The fight for women's rights throughout the world should be foremost, as without equality for both sexes the world cannot advance.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  29. Paul

    This is senseless. The "judges" who imposed the sentence should be prosecuted. This proves (yet again) that whatever the Taliban is worshipping ... it is not God.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  30. jennifer

    this is horrible!!! i cannot believe that in 2010 women are still having to go through this kind of trauma. why is everyone silent? why doesn't the UN or the international community stand up and do something? what a mess!!! instead of finishing what they started in afghanistan they had to go start something in iraq. such a disgrace. obviously the mission was completed (or whatever the banner said). the taliban is still here and they are apparently getting stronger. what happened to that war? was it swept under the rug?

    my thoughts and prayers go out to the women of the world that have lived through trauma like this.


    March 18, 2010 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  31. Gilbert

    And the majority of Muslims seem to be silent on these isues, that silence is shame. That silence is acceptance. That silence is guilt. Her husbands behavior is more shameful than what she did.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  32. Bill

    Taliban – An evil to be wiped from the hearts and minds of man forever

    March 18, 2010 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  33. Bob Frazier

    I can not imagine that a culture this barbaric in this day and age is allowed to exist on earth.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  34. mark

    That's why there is no room on this planet for the likes of the Taliban. By their acts they demonstrate a sub-human mentality. The world cannot allow their presence.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  35. marc phila

    muslims dont say anything except when its convenient to bash the west. they all agree with what the taliban did or else they would say something. hello, muslims, anyone there?

    March 18, 2010 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  36. MRB

    Oh yeah this is a civilized society.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  37. Willie12345

    Where is NOW? I was under the impression that they didn't support the war. This is why we fight.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  38. betweenlines

    The difference between humans and animals is that our brains develop more slowly...
    Apparently our hearts and morality do too!

    It is disgusting that we as humans emit this type of behavior in our "civilized" age. It makes me want to go live with the animals. They treat each other with respect.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  39. Mohammad Salman

    I don't have any words to describe the feeling i have after I saw the face of this girl and reading the entire article.
    I condem and would like to call upon all the "so called" Islamic leaders to condem and take some action strict against these kind of practices.
    One point is clear, it is no where mentioned in the books of islam to do all these. I also believe that its the time to revaluate the way Islam and its people are governed (more influenced by the local practices). If not then at least we need to disown these kind local communities bringing shame to the religion.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  40. Rick

    This is why we are fighting. We can not condone this behavior in our civilized world! Thanks you US soldiers, sailors, and marines. Keep fighting the fight and we will keep supporting you.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  41. Ryan

    No matter what side of the political spectrum you are on, I think everyone can agree that taking out the Taliban was one thing worth doing. These tyrants need to be stopped. For good.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  42. Mindi

    Although USA was founded in part by people wishing to escape religious barbarity, don't be naive. This country can't pass health care legislation because of the religious beliefs of some about terminating pregnancy, and hundreds of degenerative illnesses don't get the research grants that could cure them because of the religious beliefs of a few people surrounding the use of stem cells.

    The last thing we should be doing is pointing a finger.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  43. Chris Styles

    This is absolutely appalling. As I read this piece I thought about the history of our humanity and how horribly people treat people in the name of patriotism or religion or racial pride. It seems it is in mankind's nature to viciously dominate those who we view as inferior and no country or race is excluded from that statement.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  44. Darieh Vahoush

    Islamic Republic Regime in Iran is another version of Taliban Help IRAN's become free before it become too late

    March 18, 2010 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  45. anAmerican

    why do we really care what happens in southeast asia? this story is just to drum up sympathy and emotional support,to make people feel as if we have justification to destroy someone else's country. last I saw the united states, has its own issues with women to deal with....

    March 18, 2010 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Sarah

      Women in America have problems like getting paid less than men, domestic violence, maternity leave, discrimination, et cetera. We aren't getting our freaking faces cut off for not wanting to marry someone! Get back into reality "AnAmerican."

      June 19, 2010 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Henry Miller

    This is barbarism. How can a culture be so backwards?

    What kind of barbaric people are these thugs who would do this?


    They're the same kind of people who tortured and killed a hundred thousand victims of the Spanish Inquisition. They're the same kind of people who killed 30,000 French Protestants on St. Bartholomew's Day in 1572.

    They're all religious nuts who think their bloody, vicious, god gives them the right to torture and kill people for any reason at all as long as they assert it was "the will of god."

    Queen Mary of England, a Catholic, had hundreds of protestants killed, earning her the sobriquet "Bloody Mary." Her half-sister and successor, Queen Elizabeth I, a Protestant, was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Catholics. Half the the population of what's now Germany was wiped out in a religious war that lasted for thirty years in the early seventeenth century.

    What kind of barbaric people are these thugs who would do this? They're people who practice a religion.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  47. Nedal Seyam

    As a Muslim, there is no rule or law in Islam that allows for such thing to happen to any woman. unfortunately Taliban are pure evil who is using Islam to justify their wrong actions. Islam asks to be kind to women, and whoever did this woman, should have his ear and nose cut.
    I hate it when I when I see men treating women badly and using the Islam as an excuse. it brings nothing but bad reputations to good Muslim people.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  48. John

    Islam nations are silent for fear of violence from the radical muslims, but still we must fight the right wing muslims who expose and twist the words of their proprhet, the brother of Jesus, who would never condone such actions. And we fight on. God Bless American and Allied troops in Afganistan.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  49. Anonymous

    Scum bag cowards – and the mornon that blamed it on a US President isn't much better.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  50. John Robertson

    And the outcry over Taliban prisoners.. And interrogation methods..

    How about we do this to them to start.. Then hang them on a pole for other Taliban to see..
    The Romans did it right in occupied territory

    March 18, 2010 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  51. Sine

    I can't believe some say "its just their culture". Who the F cares when it involves torture and mistreatment of people/animals. There can be culture with food and dance, but not chopping off women's noses and ears. I'm sure when she was imprisoned with her husband's father and brothers they sexually abused her, that’s just how these types of men are when they have a woman to "control". Sometimes I wonder how people become like this in the first place...

    March 18, 2010 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Mandi

      I totally agree with you.. how do people become like this in the first place.. I would assume that it's the way their government allow them to do such thing.. and they are not being punished for such ridiculous acts.

      August 6, 2010 at 3:30 am | Report abuse |
  52. Lindsay

    It's not just the Taliban, it's the fault of the entire population. Rise up and fight for your freedom. The American Revolution is proof that it can be done and the sacrifice will be worth it. Why die in vain when you can die fighting for your freedom. It makes no sense that these people hate Americans while we are standing up for their daughters when they won't.

    March 18, 2010 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  53. Klaatu

    Rory: This IS NOT CULTURE. This is brutality against women ....nothing else.

    March 18, 2010 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  54. Sanjose Mike


    It's easy to hate the people who do this. But it also raises more serious questions: "Can the West co-exist with this kind of religion and culture? And can we allow this kind of culture and religion to spread in our own countries?"

    There are millions of people who are willing to kill us and die to force us to live this way. Pacifists and non-interventionists want us to "just ignore" this, hoping it will not affect us and "go away." They advise complete separation from them.

    Is this possible? Is the world too connected to permit this? Shar'ia Law is already cutting into Europe, due to large Muslim migration that what YOU want for your daughters?

    Can we just ignore them and hope they won't force US to live this way? Make no mistake, that is their intention. That is the question we must ask and answer, and the sooner we reach a conclusion how to react to this, the better. sanjosemike

    March 18, 2010 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  55. Kay D

    How sick is this? How does a society and religion produce such monsters?

    March 18, 2010 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  56. Martyn R.

    I usually respect other cultures but this is barbaric and disgusting. There is no possible way to reason with such men that would could cut off a woman's nose and ear. We live in a sad world and I can only pray, especially in 2010, that such actions will fade into history. This article has made me extremely upset and irrational.

    March 18, 2010 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  57. meltemi

    the husband and his family dishonored and shamed themselves with this barbarous act. They are an embarrassment to Islam and should be treated accordingly.

    March 18, 2010 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  58. Miss DC

    Wow, a story about tribal "justice" brings all the Islam comments out by "Realist" and all the other brilliant people out there. WHERE does the article say this is an Islamic practice? This is the problem with the millions of ignorant invade countries you know absolutely NOTHING about you don't even know what is religious, custom, tribal, etc. And some even call this Middle Eastern! You think Afghanistan is in the Middle East–amazing! This poor girl suffered horribly and all that most of you can do is spew embarrassing ignorance! Yes this is absolutely terrible but for god's sake, the next time you want to invade somewhere, at least know something about the place.

    March 18, 2010 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  59. Sri

    what is the opinion from muslim community in America.? Is it acceptable to their minds?

    March 18, 2010 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  60. atypical

    As the Seneca have said, at the core of cruelty is some measure of weakness.
    I am inspired by those who have the courage to speak truth to power that is oppressive and unjust.

    That is not to say I support war and killing. We must to continue to seek other ways and means of resolving conflict.

    Nunti Sunya: to the era of transparency and expansion

    March 18, 2010 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  61. just wondering

    Our society here in the U.S. butchers our unborn children, yet many individuals today don't think it's wrong! It's their right, they say. Probably, males growing up under Islamic law think the same way. The world needs to rediscover Jesus and His Word!

    March 18, 2010 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Antinarchy

      Here's where your logic is flawed.

      1) Potential mothers make the decision on their own free will to have their fetuses aborted
      2) That girl didn't make the decision to having her nose and ears removed from her body
      3) The "word of Jesus" has been rewritten and misinterpreted 400 times over.

      Unless you design a flux capacitor, steal a whole bunch of plutonium, buy a Delorean and drive down the interstate at 88 MP/H you will never hear the true "word of Jesus".

      Give it up already, you're just as bad as the "men" who removed this poor girl's body parts.

      June 1, 2010 at 3:32 am | Report abuse |
    • AmeriCanadian

      What the hell does the right to choose have to do with Islamics?! Oh right, you're against women's rights too because you're a mouth-breathing Bible Thumper. The world needs to forget about organized religion! BTW, your religion is total baloney. Also, being evangelical about your false religion is the height of bad manners. Didn't your parents teach you any manners?! Also, your GOD kills thousands of WANTED unborn children, way more than any Doctor ever could. I hate your religion.

      June 11, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
      • teddi in fl

        I see you still believe in God even though you are angry with him. He gave us free will from the get-go. We are not puppets. The evil in this world is our own doing. We open doors, we take our chances with what lies beyond. He gives us options along the way., it is up to us to take them, or not. Why would he want us to fail? It would certainly put him in a bad light and decrease his followers. Why would he kill innocents? The same thing, it would decrease those who follow him. Logically then, who is He? Evil, nasty, or the caring parent? Have you noticed the loving parent in the neighborhood seems to attract other children besides their own to their house? Children from houses of abusive or poor parenting tend to leave as soon as possible. His love will forever be there for you. I don't need to say "may his love be with you". All you have to do is let it back in. You're grief has touched my heart greatly, and I send you my love, hoping it will help to lift you a bit, knowing someone cares.

        June 11, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Albert in New York

    No matter how many times I read this story I am shocked and saddened. How can we ever understand the depth of the trauma that such a barbaric act has inflicted upon this woman? And the thought that she is but one of millions who suffer such cruelties because of the hatred of those who have betrayed the only religious conviction that should matter in any faith – to love ones neighbor – should only heighten our collective outrage. CNN must continue to share these stories with the world, if only for the hope that over time enough hearts and minds will have been changed to finally make such cruelty an anathema to all.

    March 18, 2010 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  63. Romin

    As an Afghan im appaled, sadened and ashamed by this and many other similar stories that come out of there. I just hope people know that not all Afghans are as barbaric as the ones who commited this terrible act. Lets not forget that the Taliban did this, and the Taliban with their Pakistani backing will continue to do this and similar acts as long as they continue to receive support from Pakistan. The US needs to put real presure on Pakistan to cut it out. But in the end Hamid Karzan, afghanistans president needs to grow a pair and not cave into the demands of these religous extreemists who are basicaly writing up these archaic laws.

    When people ask me why im an athiest i like to point to stories like these. How can any religion justify this kind of torture? I think we would all be better off if people realized we have one life to live and this is it. People might be kinder to eachother. Sigh.

    March 18, 2010 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Mary Dearing

      Romin, I am very interested in your opinions as an Afghani. Do you really think the government of Pakistan is able to influence or control the Taliban? My own impression is that the support that comes out of Pakistan is from individuals with extreme opinions that are sympathetic to Taliban. My understanding is that Pakistan keeps an eye on these people and picks them up if they cross the line into breaking the law. They just don't have complete control. And I don't exect them to. A country with 100% control of its dissidents is probably a place where human rights are non-existant. But, do you think the Pakistani government is complicit, or negligent?

      June 22, 2010 at 12:54 am | Report abuse |
  64. Tiffany

    I understand that alot of you may be angry about this, but the fault lie on the community of people in the middle east. Unitl the citizens rise up and fight these types of injustice nothing will ever change. We as the US cannot go in and transform the mind set of a nation with our military.

    March 18, 2010 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  65. Mike S

    The Taliban are a bunch of cowards. So called Taliban justice is a load of crap.

    March 18, 2010 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  66. Phil

    Most of the U.S. and the world have no idea of what a barbaric place Afghanistan is. The article says that this was an act of Taliban justice. After spending a year there I think that I is very difficult to tell the difference between Taliban and non-Taliban. The vast majority of the people live in such conditions and with such backward and ancient religious beliefs that acts like this are justified to them. I remember the few times I got a glimps of the face of an Afghan woman they always had a look of terror in their eyes, for good reason I guess.

    March 18, 2010 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  67. Ojaide Vincent

    This is barbaric, oh my GOD. am short of words the truth remain that is not acceptable. this guy should try to understand that there is human right for Christ Sake.Is painfull. they dont have any options thatn to change and accept.......................

    March 18, 2010 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  68. Anonymous

    Obscenity at its finest. If you have any doubt what real evil is, see the work of its own hand.

    March 18, 2010 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  69. Jane

    I URGE ALL OF YOU to read Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn's book, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. It will make clear why this is not a problem for NOW, not a problem for Bush, not a problem for Muslims, but a human rights issue of tremendous proportions that is the responsibility of all of us to condemn. Half the Sky. Read it, PLEASE.

    March 18, 2010 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  70. Yris

    Animals are better than these psychos...

    March 18, 2010 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  71. Bob

    The Taliban are cowards!! They strap bombs on women and send them into a market to blow up innocent people. They do horrible things to women for breaking their laws. But the men can do almost anything and get away with it. Fighting against the US and others, their soldiers hide behine women and children so we won't shot back. They are nothing but a bunch of cowards.

    March 18, 2010 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  72. Horrific

    After reading this story, how can anyone wonder why we have fought to maintain separation of church and state in this country??? Religion has no place in our laws. Period.

    March 18, 2010 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  73. Rob

    I can't believe all the jokes that have been posted. I feel sorry for this beautiful girl. This is nothing to thumb your noses at.

    March 18, 2010 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  74. Steve

    Sadly, this is just one example of millions involving the disenfranchisement and abuse of women and children around the world – not just in Afghanistan, but Africa, China, SE Asia, and yes – even here in the grand ole USA. A good place to start understanding the scope of this AND what you as an individual citizen can do is to read the book "Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide" by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

    March 18, 2010 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  75. Ghazali Ridzwan

    Yet another propaganda piece from CNN. Now that the US has lost the war in Afghanistan, they're resorting to demonizing the Taliban, and telling lies after lies in an effort to gather support for more killing. CNN's credibility has been destroyed by publishing lies after lies. Only fools can't see through this propaganda.

    March 18, 2010 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
    • GDaleLewis

      You must be a member of this extremetist idiotic "Taliban". How were you ever allow an opinion & allowed to post it or even own a computer? How? Oh, I forgot, you must be a MAN! Well, I have a perfect solution for this idiotic "TAILBAN" situation that you must be member of. How about ALL THE WOMEN ARE PUT IN POWER & THE MEN HAVE NONE – NADA – 0 – ZIPPO! I bet things would change REAL fast. You should go back into your cave & bury your head in the sand. IDIOT!!

      May 31, 2010 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
    • teddi in fl

      I see you have the FREEDOM to read this piece of news. I see you have the FREEDOM to reply. You must be in a country with FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND FREEDOM OF THE PRESS. Since you don't like it, YOU ARE FREE TO LEAVE. Go live in this wonderful place that is wasting an entire generation of young men by killing them, USING THEM AS BRAINLESS DONKEYS TO CARRY BOMBS. These same young men and women could be making a difference in their town and making their country better by doing something to help, rather than deserting them. BTW, if you feel so strongly, FEEL FREE to self detonate at some remote location as a statement and see if someone cares. Do it without hurting the innocents. But wait, you don't care. YOU have NO conscience. And now, you won't be around to see or make a difference, you'll just be another number to someone in the good old taliban, al queda, whatever. Good boy, good boy. Another btw, you may have visions of 144 virgins, but what can you do with them without a body? Live, love, and find a virgin who is WILLING to put up with you and maybe even love you back. You may have to actually look for her yourself, but that is the only way to find someone who truly wants what's best for you and not someone who dreams of your death. You can never believe in the loyalty of someone who is a slave. They will always, in their heart, dream of freedom.

      June 11, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary Dearing

      Respectfully, Ghazali, while I do find that often Islam is badly presented in the US press, I cannot write this off as a case of propaganda. Clearly this young woman has been badly used. The photograph shows a very damaged face. I will add, for balance, that I see this as the action of prideful people who chose to exercise power by treating this young woman cruely. I do not think this is an example of Islam but it is rather an example of people who behave in a barbarous manner and distort Islam attempting to make it an excuse for indulging themselves. They are doubly shamefully. For harming the girl and for defaming Islam.

      June 22, 2010 at 12:40 am | Report abuse |
      • Haitham

        Mary, Thank you for you comment. I agree with you 100%. Cruelty has no religion. Also, I think, its an isolated case.

        August 9, 2010 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  76. Kevin in Ohio

    If this is not stopped, this is the kind of "justice" that will reach America in the near future. Obama seems not to care one iota if that is the case. Where are all the liberals speaking out against this horror?

    March 18, 2010 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  77. Richard

    Ask anyone in Kabul who was there prior to 2001 what they remember about the soccer stadium. They will tell you of the butcherings held there as public events. It was a place where people were executed and limbs were amputated.

    If we leave this country too soon it will denegrate to what it once was. No- we can't make a difference everywhere, but we can make a difference here.

    I was proud to serve there.

    March 18, 2010 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
    • teddi in fl

      Richard, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I am grateful for your patriotism and your that you put your life on the line to not only to help there, but to keep this barbarism from OUR doorstep. THANK YOU!!

      June 11, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mezghan

      Richard, it is so nice to hear that there are still people like you in this world. People that will not allow this kind of inhumanity against anyone. The fact that you served there just shows what kind of an amazing human being you are. I want to thank you on the behalf of mankind for your duty.

      January 25, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  78. David

    They will never get sympathy as long as they treat humans this way. As far as their religion. I question any God that allows this sort of treatment toward his children.

    March 18, 2010 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  79. Isis Dax

    Thank you for this article, and for the picture. This is happening to many thousands of girls and women worldwide. A link here to Amnesty International or something else would be even more effective in mobilizing those who are in a position to help or donate. Peace.

    March 18, 2010 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  80. wtf indy

    Bless her heart. I don't even have the words to say how I feel about what happened to her. We sit here in the US with all of our freedoms and complain that our soldiers are overseas trying to make a difference. We complain about every single thing that our president does and we are critics of everyone around us. I for one am certainly glad to live in America and I stand behind our elected president. For those that don't – feel free to go live in Afghanistan where these types of things happen and by the rule of the government. Unbelievable. Aisha I am glad to hear you are safe now and on your way to recovery. You are a beautiful woman.

    March 18, 2010 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
    • meh

      Part of why a lot of people complain is that while we are out helping every other nation in the world, half the time we are unable to even help out own. Look at the mess that was Katrina, obviously we didn't have control over the storm, but we did have control over how we responded.

      That being said; what happened to this girl is horrible and I agree with the "eye for an eye" mentality that many posters here have. Just start removing parts of the guys that did this to her.

      June 11, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Jack

    There is a simple solution to this. Every Taliban member should have there ears and nose cut off. The military should go through the towns and weed out all Taliban members and immediately cut off noses and ears.

    March 18, 2010 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  82. paucity

    Barbarians !!!

    March 18, 2010 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  83. Rick

    I have little doubt that Canadian/US troops understand why they are fighting 'over there'. But people here need to see these pictures and hear these stories to be reminded there is a very human reason this fighting is happening.

    Get the job done, troops. You have our support. Erase the taliban from this Earth.

    March 18, 2010 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Pujabrata

      agree.. don't let Taliban win~!!!

      August 4, 2010 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  84. Realist

    Yet another example of Islam's tolerance. Where's the outrate in the Middle East over this? Oh that's right, they're too afraid to speak up....

    March 18, 2010 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
  85. Jim

    Isn't too late for this story?! who brought Taliban and what used to be called mujahideen to power and destroyed the secular state!

    March 18, 2010 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
  86. steve

    What kind of barbaric people are these thugs who would do this?

    March 18, 2010 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
  87. joan m

    This is barbarism. How can a culture be so backwards?

    March 18, 2010 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
  88. T. van Boven

    these people should suffer the same fate. Only then will they realize the pain and humiliation this young girl went through.

    Disgusting !!

    March 18, 2010 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  89. amigay

    And don't forget, Islam is a peaceful, gentle religion.

    March 18, 2010 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
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    • frankenshteen

      Yup this is aweful. Just like the family that was murdered by servicemen in the name of Jesus.

      October 12, 2010 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
  90. Daniel

    Maybe, if her "husband" is caught, they shoudl cut off his pecker.

    March 18, 2010 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
    • blondegeisha

      totally agree,and that would be too good for him

      July 18, 2010 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
  91. Nathaliexol

    Easy solution: No mercy for these criminals. These psychos should all be killed (if possible torture them before killing them) and burn their bodies because is too expensive to bury them.

    March 18, 2010 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  92. qazwsx

    Barbaric.....And again most of the muslim world remain silent...
    Mohammad would never want this type of justice.

    March 18, 2010 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
    • salman zuberi

      for those who are calling this an "injustice", i beg to differ and i would say that this is not any kind of justice, this is barbarism of the worst kind. this is inhuman and absolutely disgusting. i pray to God that such people are punished by being shoved to the lowest level of hell forever. God damn them who commit such crimes and oppression against other people.

      June 11, 2010 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • l alahem

      The Prophet Mohammed, pbuh, NEVER authorized abuse, in fact mandated the exact opposite. These people, and I do use the term loosely have taken Islam out of context to justify their behavior. Quite frankly, I'd like to wrest my religion back from them. This is not Islam, but it's not a lot different from the Warren Jeffs of the world. There are Muslim Women's organizations that support safe houses in places like Afganistan and Iran and here in the US for Muslim women who are fleeing abuse. Domestic Abuse has no gender, no religion, no social strata or standing. It is pervasive in all cultures and it is wrong all the time, everywhere. Want to help? Next time you see a girl in your office with a bruise on her face, don't pretend you didn't see it. Don't turn your friend or relative away from your door because you know that her man will come after her, drunk and loud and make trouble. When a kid that your child has as friend"falls down the stairs" twice a month, don't just tsk tsk, pick up the phone and make a report. Write a check, donate some shampoo or diapers to the shelters. Abusers do what they do because they can. But Sho-me-girl is right about one thing....There will be a reckoning at the end of days and these people will be held accountable.

      August 4, 2010 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
      • mermaid

        I alahem...while I agree with most of your comment, I disagree that they should have to wait until death to be held accountable for their actions on Earth. They committed their crime of abuse, whichever form it took, in the face of humanity and they should be punished for that crime in the face of humanity. Abuse, no matter what form should not be tolerated by any form of religion or law! This terrible monster's actions speak louder than his words, but it is opposite for the rest of the world. We yell and scream but don't go beyond the noise. When are humans going to awaken and treat each other like humans? I daresay that human filth of a husband and his relatives would no like it if their noses were forcibly removed and their abuse body was left to die on a mountain side. I'm sure that whoever did that would pay with their lives. Don't forget people around the world, women are the other half of humanity. Cultures need to change instead and that needs to be done by people who can reason...not neanderthals. Treat women like humans...we are not your slaves.

        August 7, 2010 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
  93. Feminist

    Where is NOW???? Seriously! Why aren't you protesting this treatment of women in muslim countries? Afraid of being targeted by the pieceful followers of islam? If there is any way we can send donations to this women and others like her, I would love to help.

    March 18, 2010 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Sandy

      Dear Feminist, I am responding to your comment of wanting to donate to situations like this precious sister who had her nose and ears cut off. I would like to recommend "In Jesus' Name Ministries" who is helping many people in the third world countries like this precious sister, who are being persecuted. You can see more about our ministry by going to our website: 100% of ALL designated gifts are sent as directed. In many cases the person receiving the gifts will themselves email you or write you back unless you want to remain anonymous. In some case we cannot give their names for their protection, or they cannot write you back. Sincerely, Sandy

      June 6, 2010 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  94. Rory

    Hey, who are we to question it. This is just their culture. We should totally be holding talks with these guys, as I understand that most of them are just moderates who hate America only because we're mean and also something about Israel and the military-industrial complex. Saying that there is actual repressive evil in the world is an archaic throwback to a time before we all had the benefit of Sociology 101 classes where we learn all cultures must be respected, including those that brutalize women and gays, prohibit all forms of education except rote memorization of the Koran (in a foreign language, no less), spend most of the time making heroin, and when all else fails deploy waves of donkey-based suicide bombs.

    March 18, 2010 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  95. Tom S.

    It's official, the Taliban are the world biggest scumbags.

    March 18, 2010 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
    • discouraged

      And this is why SOMEONE must stop the Taliban! They are animals, forcing their evil on innocents. The ENTIRE world should come together to stop these animals. I don't agree with the war we are in, but I do believe these animals must be routed out and stopped! What if this was your daughter and you were powerless to stop it. What if your government was powerless to stop it. Wouldn't you beg someone, ANYONE, to make this STOP! Turning a blind eye to evil is a 'crime against humanity'. What is wrong with this world?????
      I don’t care if this is their ‘culture’ it is evil! The ‘culture’ of the southern United States was slavery, do you think they would have volunteered to give it up? Do you think they would have just woke up one day and said ‘oh hey this is wrong, let’s just set all the slaves free’. No, brave men had to FORCE the evil to stop! I hate war and death, but I hate evil and the suffering of children more. Come on WORLD, wake up to the atrocities taking place under your noses. This MUST be stopped!

      June 11, 2010 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  96. Dale

    The world needs to stop crimes like this, oh I am sorry it's their culture and because of political correctness we cannot.

    March 18, 2010 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  97. kf

    Let's stop wasting our time and our resources trying to help them save their country. They are obviously animals. We need to protect our own and charity starts at home. We can pray for this girl and for every other child born to those animals, but we can change 2000 years of evil.

    March 18, 2010 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Elisse Fernandez

      You are correct in noting that many women here in America are abused, cheated, and defiled by men (and other women) whom you'd think would know better.

      March 18, 2010 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
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  98. bob

    Still want to live in a country that legislates religious morality? That's why this happened to her... and it's why our country was founded, because people wanted to be free of religious-based laws like this.

    March 18, 2010 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Reecie

      This has nothing to do with Islam or any other religion. These were cultural practices even before the time of Islam that have never faded away and so thats why these things continue. If you live in a society where your "honour" and worth is based on how you control your women of course you're going to do something as barbaric as this.

      June 10, 2010 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
      • arteese

        That may be true, because this sore of things are being done in other cultures, say in India and Africa,,,Just hope that these intrinsic games don't take us to a saint war.. a message to my Christian brothers,,,let's stop our own differences with our catholic brothers and let's see abroad of that...Jesus Christ was an is and will be our guide, and talking about women we have to respect and honor His mother Mary.

        October 14, 2010 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
      • cw

        This has everything to do with sharia law. How many sharia based countries allow women to have rights? none. There are very few people who will honestly tell you the truth because they fear for their life. Anyone who speaks against the prophet muhammed or sharia faces harsh punishment and possibly death. I havent heard one so called moderate muslim (if there is one) speak out. Whats so proud about being in slavery. whats so proud about every women in muslim families having no rights. If we dont wake up a country we will find ourselves following sharia law and communism.

        December 21, 2010 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tomnjerry527

      I must break the news to everyone. California just made it legal for our American courts to consider the religious laws of other countries when trying citizens for crimes in our country!

      December 8, 2010 at 7:27 am | Report abuse |
  99. Jason Francis

    I'm sure if you try hard enough you'll see that this is Bush's fault.

    March 18, 2010 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |


      June 2, 2010 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Seebee ET

      Let me guess Bush wrote the Quarran and Islamic law?

      You know the being invaded by pop music and video games doesn't seem so bad for these people after all....

      Bet after they will chop off kids hands for "Catchin them all."

      August 4, 2010 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
      • bizouka

        It doesn't have anything to do with Islam. Islam forbids that. A lot of priest are pedophile, are we gonna blame christianity for that ?

        August 17, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
      • ak

        Sure, do the easy thing and blame it on Islam. I am a woman and Islam is my religion. Where I come from these brutal acts against women are viewed, religiously and politically, as immoral, corrupt, inhumane, insulting, offensive, and in plain terms just WRONG!

        October 13, 2010 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Har

      You're so right . . . they're blame of conservatives will never end, it's really entertaining if you don't let it get to you. This is really a sad occurrence though. For a court of law in that country to have made that ruling, yikes. But the Liberals want to say that we only have to worry about the extremists!

      ______________________________________________________________ funny stuff man

      November 28, 2010 at 1:43 am | Report abuse |
  100. Daniel

    No matter who rules Pakistan,this practice is wrong and it's barbarious.Nobody should be forced to marry anybody they don't want to,let alone be punished for it.

    March 18, 2010 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Rebekah Lansford

      This situation actually happened in Afghanistan, not Pakistan.

      July 29, 2010 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
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