A pregnant Afghan woman was severely injured and had a miscarriage after she was attacked by her husband in Takhar province.
The woman said the man cut her hair off, after launching an unprovoked attack with a wooden stick, the BBC reported.
The woman’s mother-in-law and sister-in-law helped the man to tie her up. He then beat her from head to toe.
The man “tortured her first and then called us to tell us I have killed your daughter come and take her,” the woman’s mother told TOLOnews.
Ramz Ara, the minister responsible for women’s affairs in the province, condemned the assault.
“She has been mutilated and because of the violence she has lost her baby,” Ara told TOLOnews.
The woman has been taken to a hospital in Kunduz province for treatment. Her condition is described as critical.
“Gynecologists are overseeing her treatment; their examinations show that the infant has also been lost due to ... violence,” a doctor said.
“The name of her husband is Sarbaland and he is on the run now, two other criminals mentioned in the statement are now in Kabul,” added police spokesman Abdul Khalil Aseer.
Just 24 hours earlier, the in-laws of a woman in Faryab province shot and killed her.
The BBC noted that the head of the provincial human rights commission said the woman’s in-laws accused her of having an affair.
Another example of women being mutilated took place earlier this year, when Reza Gul had her nose cut off by her husband.
Violence against women is a major problem in the Central Asian country, which has been occupied by troops from the U.S. and its allies since 2001.
More than 5,000 cases of violent acts against women were registered in 2015, including 241 murders, according to a report by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
The report added that the human rights situation in general was poor.
A law was passed in 2009 to tackle violence against women, but the BBC reported that it has remained largely unenforced.