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Tortured Afghan girl, Sahar Gul, to go to India for treatment (VIDEO)


A video broadcast by the BBC shows the injuries suffered by Sahar Gul, a 15-year-old Afghan girl who was tortured by her in laws.



Sahar Gul, a 15-year-old Afghan girl who was brutally tortured for months by her mother-in-law, will be sent to India for medical treatment, the Associated Press reported.

Gul, a child bride in Afghanistan's northern Baghlan province, was locked in a basement and tortured by her in laws in an attempt to force her into prostitution, police said. She was starved, burned with hot irons, and her fingernails and clumps of hair were ripped out.

A video given to the BBC shows the extent of Gul's injuries. Police told the BBC that she also had chunks of flesh cut out with pliers.

Gul's mother-in-law and sister-in-law have been arrested, Afghan officials told the AP. Police are still searching for her husband.

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According to the AP:

The case has shocked Afghanistan, though rights activists say serious abuses against women and girls in the conservative society are common. 

Gul was freed last week, and is being treated at a Kabul hospital. Afghan officials said she would be sent to India for treatment, but there were no further details of the treatment she would receive, the AP said.

The BBC reported that Gul had been married off to a 30-year-old man about seven months ago, when she was 14 years old.

An uncle called the police when her parents hadn't seen her for several months.

Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai has called for an investigation into Gul's torture, and said that those responsible will be punished, CNN reported.

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