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Tuesday
Dec072010

Man Arrested in Afghan Woman's Mutilation

Photo Courtesy - ABC News (URUZGAN, Afghanistan) -- An Afghan man who helped mutilate his young daughter-in-law after she tried to flee her marriage has been arrested for abetting the crime.

The father-in-law, named Suliman, is being held in an Afghanistan jail, according to Women for Afghan Women, and has confessed to holding a gun to the young girl's head while her nose and ears were cut off.

Ayesha, the young woman, is safely in the United States where she is undergoing counseling and a series of reconstructive surgeries.

Police are still searching for her husband and her brother-in-law, who performed the mutilation.

She was featured on the cover of Time magazine this year and, in October, was honored with the Enduring Heart award from the Los Angeles-based Grossman Burn Foundation, which provided her facial reconstruction.

Ayesha came to the United States in August to undergo eight months of reconstructive procedures. In October, she was fitted with a special prosthesis, which she can apply herself every day with a special skin adhesive.

Ayesha, was married to a man in the Taliban when she was 12 years old.  After enduring years of abuse, including being forced to sleep in the stables with animals, she tried to run away but was caught. The village men handed down her sentence, and Ayesha's husband sliced off her nose and ears while his brother held her down.

Left for dead, she managed to crawl to her uncle's house, but he refused to help her. Ayesha kept on until a relative finally took her to a hospital run by an American military medical team. The hospital cared for her for more than two months, ensured her safety, and gave her something she had not received before -- kindness.

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