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Afghan husband mutilates wife: Reza was married as a 15-year-old to a man who later took a SEVEN-YEAR-OLD as a second wife – before he cut off her nose in a rage and fled to the Taliban

  • Reza Gul, 20, was rushed to hospital after her husband cut off her nose
  • The disfigured woman must now undergo reconstructive surgery
  • Mohammad Khan used a pocket knife to carry out the attack in Afghanistan
  • He had recently returned from Iran and had taken a second wife, aged 7
  • Police have launched a manhunt after he fled to a Taliban-controlled area

An Afghan woman married off as a 15-year-old has had her nose cut off by her enraged husband using a pocket knife.

Badly mutilated Reza Gul, 20, was rushed to hospital after the attack in the northwestern province of Faryab on Sunday after losing large amounts of blood.

Her husband, Mohammad Khan, had recently returned from Iran and begun beating and torturing his wife, before also taking a second bride who was aged just seven, it was claimed.

The incident highlights the endemic violence against women in Afghan society, despite reforms since the hardline Taliban Islamist regime was ousted by a 2001 U.S.-led invasion.

Ahmad Javed Bedar, a spokesperson for the region’s governor, confirmed her husband Mohammad Khan had cut off her nose ‘with a pocket knife’.

He added she would need reconstructive surgery, which was not possible in the local government hospital. She will likely to be flown to Turkey for the treatment.

Fawzia Salimi, a hospital director in Maymana, capital of Faryab province, said Khan had returned from Iran just three months ago.

Since then he had repeatedly beaten and tortured his wife, while also taking another wife who was just seven years old, she said.

Community elders and Taliban representatives in their village had tried mediating with the family to help sort out their problems, a traditional method of dealing with marital issues.

Khan had now disappeared from the village, and local security forces including the intelligence agency and police were searching for him.

Before cutting off his wife’s nose, Khan had promised Taliban leaders in the village that he would stop harming Gul.

Severing women’s noses is not unheard of in Afghanistan and like most abuse probably happens more often than is publicly acknowledged.

The disfigured woman’s photograph was widely shared on social media, prompting calls for tough action against the husband.

Kabul-based women’s rights activist Alema said: ‘Such a brutal and barbaric act should be strongly condemned.

‘Such incidents would not happen if the government judicial system severely punished attacks on women.’

It was not immediately clear what prompted



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