Father-in-law arrested in Afghan woman's mutilation
December 8th, 2010
10:33 AM ET

Father-in-law arrested in Afghan woman's mutilation

Police in southern Afghanistan have arrested the father-in-law of a woman whose nose and ears were chopped off after she was accused of bringing shame to her family.

Authorities in Oruzgan province said Haji Sulaiman, 45, was the one who held Bibi Aisha at gunpoint and ordered five others - including her husband - to cut her.

Juma Hemat, the Oruzgan police chief, said the arrest took place about two weeks ago and that Sulaiman confessed to the crime.

Read a behind-the-scenes with Aisha then and now

"The file of Sulaiman was completed by police and submitted to the attorney general's office in Oruzgan province," he said.

'Bibi' and 'Haji' are both honorifics - 'Bibi' meaning 'lady,' and 'Haji' a term of respect for someone who has performed the pilgrimage to Mecca that is required of all able-bodied Muslims.

Read more about Aisha's story

"When they cut off my nose and ears, I passed out," Aisha said, describing the attack to CNN in March. "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."

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

At 16, she was handed over to her husband's father and 10 brothers, whom she claims were all members of the Taliban in Oruzgan.

"I spent two years with them and became a prisoner," she said.

She eventually ran away but was caught by police in Kandahar. And although running away is not a crime, in places throughout Afghanistan, it is treated as such if one is a woman.

Eventually her father-in-law found her and took her back to her abusive home.

She was taken to a Taliban court for dishonoring her husband's family.

The court ruled that her nose and ears must be cut off, an act carried out by the six men in the mountains of Oruzgan, where they left her to die.

But she survived.

She was brought to the United States where she received reconstructive surgery and a new life.

CNN's Matiullah Mati contributed to this report


Filed under: Life and Culture • Taliban • Women's issues
soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. Dindy.....

    USMC Army forever ....Yako is the name we call for Devil in my native language (Sinhala) 🙂

    December 9, 2010 at 1:23 am | Report abuse |
  2. Lauren

    Is it right for the Taliban to outline what the law is? There are many different interpretations of the Quran, but is anyone's interpretations above that of another? They all seem to have at least one common foundation for belief: the Quran. Why do innocent women need to be the ones who suffer the repercussions from the Taliban's radical behavior? There must be a common ground that all can settle on in order to find some peace so a country does not have to live in havoc all of the time. It's unfair to the innocent citizens who simply want the right to have an education, free religion, and certainly free speech. How is cutting off a woman's nose and ears justified by one radical group of people who feel their beliefs are superior to others?

    December 9, 2010 at 12:51 am | Report abuse |
  3. Brooke

    This article is one that seems to be stirring up a lot of different views from everyone. The previous comments are either for the article or against it, and religion is a big part of each person’s decision. I find it very hard to believe that for running away, a young girl should have to get her nose and ears cut off. This shows the lack of freedom that women have and how men are the rulers in the home. It is very surprising that even today this punishment is acceptable in the Kabul. I think that Aisha is very brave for agreeing to be interviewed, and it is a good way to let the world know what goes on in other countries. Maybe because of her actions she will help change the laws in these cultures, and allow for more reasonable punishments.

    December 8, 2010 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • USMC Forever

      Brooke be a good multiculturalist liberal and cut your own nose off if you think it was justified.

      December 8, 2010 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        Don't pay any attention to the bozo who blogged the above under the name of USMC FOREVER. That was Phunnie boy!

        December 9, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mpheils

    The Taliban took a country full of innocent war torn people, looking for a steady form of government, and they ruined it. They ruined the economy and they enabled laws on women that are completely inhumane. Women can’t go outside the house without wearing a burqa and they can’t go out without a male family member. Women were killed and tortured for even speaking in public. They were to speak so that no stranger can hear them. And those who were just killed as a punishment were the lucky ones. Al the afghan people were looking for was a group to come in and stabilize their government so they can rebuild after the wars. But what they got instead was more fighting and even further economic set back. The Taliban have lead to the corruption that to this day still lives in the branches of government.

    December 8, 2010 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dindy.....

      Mpheils....good post. what will be the solution for this situation in the coming years.?

      December 9, 2010 at 7:36 am | Report abuse |
      • Mpheils

        I cant say for sure what i think will happen within the next couple years. I just spent this last semester in college learning about every aspect of South asia from culture to history. We spent a great deal on afghanistan and the economy. And from what ive seen, the country has been in a deep hole over these past couple decades and from what ive seen, they are slowly but surely climbing out. All they need is to stablize the economy as well as the government. The first thing that needs to happen is of course geting rid og the corruption taking place in government. Once this is gone, then managing the money will be easier, leading to stabilization in the economy. This will turn out to be Afghanistans biggest ally in the long run.

        December 9, 2010 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  5. Dindy.....

    Dan ...it is a good comment to begin with ....thank you.

    December 8, 2010 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. USMC FOREVER

    PAKI bugger. You just prefer men.

    December 8, 2010 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  7. USMC FOREVER

    Because they look like blue bedsheets blowing around on a clothes line when they dance around in thier chadris and burqas. Yakcr@p has his mother and grandmother pad locked in a closet because he is such a righteous man.

    December 8, 2010 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • USMC FOREVER

      Hey you,blog under your own name,will you,please?

      December 9, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Lennybaby

    It's quite disgusting to know just how far the right-wing news media people are willing to go in order to make a case for this obnoxious war and against the Taliban! It proves just how much the right-wing thugs in Washington are in control of things! Now I guess that Phunnie boy's going to blog his stupid comment in here(usually under the name of Bledsoe) to make a joke of this too.

    December 8, 2010 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  9. Yak-o-boy_Says

    It was me. I did it. Because that's what we muslims do.

    December 8, 2010 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |