Little did Sahar Gul knew, an Afghani teenager that she may land up in hospital after her in-laws forced her to take up prostitution. Her case ended up in the Supreme Court of Afghanistan after her convicted in-laws were released by appeals courts, who were originally sentenced to a 10 year jail term.
The Aljazeera news video shows her severely beaten up with burned hair and nails pulled out after being rescued from her family who were torturing Gul by imprisoning her in the house. She was only 13 years old at the time and was helped by American Lawyer Kim Motley who worked closely with her says Aljazeera reporter Jennifer Glasse. Gul’s husband and his brother are still free and are to be prosecuted. She is going to also considering getting financial compensation from her in-laws for which she may have to go courts once again. Going to the courts may prove to be difficult for Gul as she was illiterate 2 years ago and does not like to be a center of attraction for the world.
Sahar Gul’s case has become a landmark in women’s rights abuse in Afghanistan and has set up a precedent in the right direction for thousands of women. However, the battle for an emphatic and just society for women in Afghanistan is still far from being over.