A 10-year-old girl who was raped by a mullah in an Afghanistan mosque is now in danger of being killed, after local police took her away from a shelter and brought her back to her family.
After the violent rape, some of the girl’s family members planned to murder her in an honor killing and showed support for the mullah, Mohammad Amin. The mullah offered to marry her and claimed that he had had consensual sex with her. Women’s activists have voiced concerns that the girl would be killed if she returned home, according to the New York Times.
While she was at the Women for Afghan Women shelter taking refuge, Hassina Sawwari, the head of the shelter, was forced to go into hiding because of death threats from mullahs and the girl’s family. Another woman, Nederah Geyah, was also forced leave the area because of threats she received after supporting the 10-year-old girl.
Though the mullah and others have claimed that the girl was older and that the sex was consensual, medical evidence shows that the girl was prepubescent and that the rape was so violent that she could have died from the amount of blood she lost and the stalled medical care she received. It caused a fistula, or a tear in the wall between the vagina and rectum.
According to the New York Times, the 10-year-old girl "badly" wanted to return home from the shelter because she missed her family, and "no one had the heart to tell her they had been conspiring to kill her."
Source: New York Times, Photo Credit: Tim Wimborne/Reuters