The in-laws of Sahar Gul, a 15-year-old Afghan girl, were Tuesday sentenced to 10 years in prison for the unsavory and barbaric treatment they inflicted on her after she had refused to enter prostitution.
"The court sentenced her father-in-law, mother-in-law and sister-in-law each to 10 years in prison on Tuesday,"Afghanistan's supreme court spokesman Abdul Wakil Omari was quoted as saying by the AFP. Gul's father-in-law and husband are absconding.
Unhappy with the verdict, Women for Afghan Women, a rights group which assisted Gul in the court case, will file an appeal to increase the sentence. “We are not happy with the sentence, we are going to help her appeal. How can someone get only 10 years in prison for torturing a girl to almost death? When she first entered the court and saw her in-laws, she was afraid and shaking, but later she calmed down and asked for death penalty for her in-laws,” group’s program manager Huma Safi was quoted as saying by the AFP.
There has been progress in women’s rights since the 2001 US-led campaign that toppled the Taliban regime, which banned girls’ schools and prevented women from leaving the house unless accompanied by a male relative.