A young woman was left with a bloodied face after her husband of five years had cut her nose off and fled on Sunday in the northwestern province of Faryab, Afghanistan.
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Reza Gul, 20, was was rushed to hospital after her husband Mohammad Khan, 25, sliced off her nose with a pocket knife. According to the woman, who lost large amounts of blood and now needs reconstructive surgery, the attacks began several months ago after Khan had returned from Iran.
Besides repeatedly beating and torturing his wife, he also also married another girl who was just seven years old. Traditionally, community elders and local Taliban representatives are dealing with marital poblems but even they failed. Khan had reportedly fled to a Taliban-controlled area of the country.
Local security forces including the intelligence agency and police are currently searching for his whereabouts. Reza, who was married off by her parents when she was just 15 and now has a one-year-old child, will likely to be flown to Turkey for the costly treatment.
The photograph of a disfigured woman was widely shared on social media, sparking anger among women’s rights activists. Maria Reha is one of them, she wrote a sarcastic message on her Facebook page:
“We are the most proud and brave nation on earth?! If you doubt it, here is another example of our bravery! Don’t worry, soon America or Europe will make her another nose and Afghanistan will win another trophy for this pride!”
Afghanistan is thought to have one of the highest rates of domestic violence in the world, although most incidents are not reported to officials. In parts of Afghanistan, slicing off a person’s nose is meant to shame them and show they have brought disgrace to their family or clan.