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Child Marriage


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The teenage girl Sahar Gul, who was jailed for several months by her husband and his family, was tortured and abused. She was only 16 years old.

Aisha's father promised her to a Taliban fighter when she was 12 years old as compensation for a killing that a member of her family had committed. She was married at 14 and subjected to abuse. At 18 she fled the abuse but was caught by the police, jailed for five months, and returned to her family. Her father returned her to her husband's family. To take revenge on her escape, her father-in-law, husband, and three other family members took Aisha into the mountains, cut off her nose and her ears, and left her to die. Aisha was later rescued by aid workers and the U.S. military.

Rajni, 5 years old, was woken up at 4 am and carried by her uncle to be married in a secret wedding ceremony.

Nujood Ali was nine when her parents arranged a marriage to Faez Ali Thamer, a man in his thirties. Regularly beaten by her in-laws and raped by her husband, Ali escaped on April 2, 2008, two months after the wedding she went directly to court to seek a divorce.

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