Sitting next to the man who raped and made her pregnant, Afghan woman forced to marry her attacker to avoid prison

April 8, 2015 3:58 pm

Afghan woman known only by her first
name Gulnaz, (pictured left) was just 16 years
old when she was raped by her cousin’s husband, a man named Asadullah
(pictured right), in 2008. She fell pregnant as a result of the rape.
But in , sleeping with a married man is a , and it
doesn’t matter if the married person forced themselves on you. How sad!
Rejected by her family and facing 12 year in prison for ‘adultery by
force’ and falling pregnant for a married man, Gulnaz had no choice but
to marry her depraved attacker. That was her only hope to get a reduced
sentence. She later gave birth to the girl in the photo above.

Talking to CNN about her life, Gulnaz said she only agreed to marry her rapist so that her daughter –
named Smile could live a shame-free life in the Afghan capital’s
‘traditional’ society. 

 

 Gulnaz married the rapist in 2013 after
her family told her she couldn’t return home because she’d ‘shamed’
their family. Gulnaz said marrying her attacker was her only choice

“I didn’t want to ruin the life of my daughter or leave myself helpless so I agreed to marry him. We
are traditional people. When we get a bad name, we prefer death to
living with that name in society,’ Gulnaz said.
And through out the interview, she
refused to look her husband in the eye. The man, Asadullah – who was
jailed for the rape in 2008 but later released, said the woman owed her
freedom to him.
‘If I hadn’t married her according to
our traditions, she couldn’t have lived back in society. Her brothers
didn’t want to accept her back. Now, she doesn’t have any of those
problems.” He said.
Asadullah is still married to Gulnaz’s first cousin – with whom he has five children.
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