By Williams ‘Bantu’ Irubor
A husband has fled after allegedly chopping off his wife’s two ears in Afghanistan.
The 23-year-old victim described to the BBC how her husband tied her up and cut off both her ears in a domestic violence attack in the northern province of Balkh.
The woman – Zarina – is now in a stable but traumatised condition in hospital.
“I haven’t committed any sin,” she said. “I don’t know why my husband did this to me.”
Zarina told Pajhwok news that the unprovoked attack took place after her husband suddenly woke her
up at midnight and attacked her and cut off her ears with a knife.
She was married to him at the age of 13, and told BBC that “relations with her husband were not good”.
Zarina also complained that her husband had tried to prevent her from seeing her parents in another interview with Tolo News. She said she no longer wanted to remain married to him.
“My husband always treats me badly. I wasn’t even allowed to visit my parents. He is a very suspicious man and often accused me of talking to strange men when I went to visit my parents,” she said.
Zarina has called on Afghan legal and judicial institutions to arrest her husband and to ensure he is prosecuted. They are investigating the incident, but the accused remains at large.
Mazar-i-Sharif public hospital head, Dr. Noor Mohammad Faiz, said the woman was delivered to the hospital on Tuesday morning.
He said the woman’s ears had been cut off and she was in trauma, however, her condition was stable.
Zarina’s account is the latest in a series of high-profile domestic abuse incidents and cases of violence against women in Afghanistan.