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Father of man who forcibly married 2 sisters detained

Father of man who forcibly married 2 sisters detained

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Dec 15, 2016 - 19:04

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Father and another relative of a man who forcibly married two sisters have been arrested but he himself remains at large, officials in eastern Nangarhar province said on Thursday.

Family of the victim girls has accused 15 people of their involvement in the case that happened in Shewa district of Nangarhar.

On November 29, one of the two sisters, with nickname Saima, told media at the Womeninfo-icon’s Affairs Department that her husband on the very first night of their marriage accused herof losing virginity before marriage.

She said her husband on the same night went to her father’s house and married her younger sister.

“He accused me of illicit affairs with someone else, he tied my hands, beat me and took to my father’s home at 1am midnight, he than raided our house and took by force my younger sister and married her,” she said.

While weeping, Saima said she tested her virginity at both government and private hospitals and there was no problem. “My in laws are powerful and they enforce anything they want on me,” she said.

She requested punishment of the criminals and said reasons of her divorce and marriage of her 10-year-old sister should be investigated. Saima feared she would lose a legal battle against the powerful and wealthy people.

“We are very poor, only powerful individuals win, the family of my husband is rich and can pay bribe and win the case,” she said.

Nader Khan, father of the girls, told a private television channel, that the government should investigate oppression of his daughters.

Without naming anyone, he said: “There are many powerful individuals in our area, they first married my first daughter to their man, and on the same night, they took my second daughter by force and married her with the same man, all government officials know it but they do not help me.”

Nangarhar governor’s spokesman, Attaullah Khogyani, at a press conference here confirmed the incident and said the issue had been shared with the governor’s house for investigation.

He said of the 13 people involved, two including the perpetrator’s father and another person had been arrested. “Searches for the 11 people involved in the case are underway,” he added.

Nangarhar appellant court head, Ahmad Wali Hashemi, told Pajhwok Afghan News that investigations from the two detained persons were underway and police had been ordered to arrest the rest of others.

The victims’ family has accused 15 people and the main suspect has been on the run, he said.

Hashemi said he also talked to the imaminfo-icon who signed the marriage contract of a second girl with the man at the same night.

Mds/ma

 

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