A photograph of an Afghan woman whose nose was chooped off by her husband has sparked widespread revulsion across the country with human rights activist demanding strict punishment. The 20 year old lady in the name of Reza Gul was taken to the hospital after the attack which took place in the Ghormach district in the northern of Faryab. Her husband has said to have moved to Taliban-controlled area.
The husband of the victim identiified as Mohammad Khan is said to have sliced off Gul's nose with a pocket knife, according to a spokesman for the governor of Faryab. the incident highlights the epidermic of violence against women in Afghan society, despite reforms brought in since the Taliban's Islamistwas ousted in a 2001 US-led invasion.
"such a brutal and barbaric act should be stongly condemed" said Alema, a Kabul-based women's actiivist ."Such incidents would not happen if the judicial system severely punishes attacks on women" added Alema who goes by one name. The governor's spokeman said Gul would need reconstructive surgery, which was not possible at the local government-run hospital.
It was not immidiately clear what prompted Khan to attack Gul whom he married five years ago as a teenager and who is the mother of a one-year-old child. Khan who is unemployed is believed to have recently returned from a neighbouring Iran and may have joined the Taliban after fleeing in the wake of the attack.
The govenrment has vowed to protect women's right but this has not prevented violent attacks
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