Another Burning of a Woman by Her Husband

By RAWA reporter from Kabul

Salehah Askarzhada
Seyyed Abdul-Rahman, a former resident of Ghazni and an aviation engineer, who works for the Intelligence Ministry of the Taliban in Kabul, had an argument with his wife, Salehah, on October 25, 1999. During the argument, he poured gasoline over her body and set her on fire. When neighbors found out about the fight, they entered his house and saw Salehah's burned body, with her hands and legs tied up. They immediately took her to the hospital. At the hospital, Salehah told the doctors and neighbors that her husband tied her up, after he beat her up, and then set fire to her. She died two days later at the hospital.

Her husband seized the opportunity caused by the confusion and ran away with his two children before her burial. He has not been heard of since then. Having been employed by the Taliban Intelligence, it is suspected that he is being sheltered by them.

Salehah Askarzadah, the daughter of retired Brigadier Seyyed Yaghub Khan from Chahardehi in Laghman, was born in 1972 in Kabul and had a bachelor's degree in economics. Before the Taliban take over, she worked at Export Development Bank. She married Abdul-Rahman three years ago and she had a son and an infant daughter from that marriage.

In Taliban-infested Afghanistan such atrocities happen daily to our distressed women, but they receive no coverage in the media, nor are there any officials who care to track down and prosecute the perpetrators of such heinous crimes. The Taliban, who are supposedly in charge of the "government," are so deeply corrupted and anti-woman minded that they are without peers anywhere else in the world.

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