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Woman claims months of rape and beatings at hands of ex-Taliban official she was force to marry

A lady’s emotional video testimony concerning the horrifying abuse she allegedly suffered at the hands of her Taliban husband has gone viral and highlighted what one rights advocate says is a “shocking” actuality for dozens of ladies in Afghanistan. The lady, who identifies herself as Elaha, says she was pressured to marry a former Taliban Interior Ministry spokesman in January, who then raped and beat her for months.

Elaha says she was even pressured to kiss the ft of her ex-husband, Qari Saeed Khosty, to beg for forgiveness after she obtained caught making an attempt to flee the nation.

CBS News has spoken with a pal of Elaha, who confirms her story and says the girl remains to be determined to flee Afghanistan.

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An picture from a video posted to Twitter on August 30, 2022 by an Afghan journalist reveals a lady recognized as Elaha crying as she recounts her alleged rape and abuse at the hands of a former Taliban official who she says pressured her into marriage.

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Elaha identifies herself within the emotional video, first posted to Twitter by Afghan journalist Abu Muslim Shirzad, as a medical scholar and the daughter of a former common in Afghanistan’s nationwide intelligence service, underneath the U.S.-backed authorities.

“Saeed Khosty filmed me and threatened to release it publicly. He forced me to do ugly things. He raped me every night. He beat me every night,” Elaha says by way of tears within the video, which was first posted to Twitter on August 30.

She says she tried to flee to neighboring Pakistan however was stopped and arrested at the Torkham border crossing by Taliban officers. She says she was then imprisoned and pressured to “kiss his [Khosty’s] feet” at the jail to present her remorse for the escape try and to beg forgiveness.

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Elaha, an Afghan lady who says she was raped and overwhelmed for months by a former Taliban official who pressured her into marriage, seems in a photograph posted to social media in late August, 2022.

Khosty, who was faraway from his function as Interior Ministry spokesman in March, confirmed his marriage with Elaha in a tweet, however claimed he divorced her after she insulted the Quran, Islam’s holy ebook.

“I married a girl named Elaha at her request,” the Taliban official claimed. “I noticed she had a faith problem in Islam, and I tried to correct her through advice and discussion. But it didn’t work, and she clearly insulted the scared and the Holy Quran.”

“I didn’t beat her,” he insisted. “I used my legal rights and divorced her. I deeply regret my ill-considered marriage and apologize to the Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirates [Taliban] and the Afghan people.”

Khosti confirmed to CBS News that he married Elaha as his second spouse in January. He mentioned he at present holds no authorities position throughout the Taliban regime.

In one other tweet, he mentioned that if Elaha “believes in the courts of the Islamic Emirate, she can lodge a complaint against me. If I am guilty, the court should punish me. If she does not believe in the courts of the Islamic Emirate, I’m ready to go with her to any court she wants. Please do not use the family issue politically.”

Another video that unfold broadly amongst Afghans on-line, with an unknown recording date, reveals Elaha holding a shovel and confronting Khosty, demanding that he go away her house as he threatens her and warns: “I have armed people as well with me.”

After the group retook management of Afghanistan in August 2021, many Taliban officers rapidly married second and third wives. The challenge introduced enough damaging consideration on the brand new regime to immediate the Taliban’s supreme chief to challenge a decree instructing members to keep away from a couple of marriage.

Amnesty International campaigner and ladies rights activist Samira Hamidi mentioned in a tweet that “the testimony of Elha, a medical student, about her forced marriage, rape, and torture by a powerful armed Talib is shocking reality of what dozens of women and girls are facing.”

She known as on the United Nations to “immediately act to save her.”

Elaha’s pal instructed CBS News that the girl, whose bruises are seen in her video account, stays in Kabul. 

A tweet from an account with a brief historical past on the social media platform surfaced on Wednesday claiming to be from Afghanistan’s Taliban-run Supreme Court, saying Elaha had been arrested, however each her pal and the precise Supreme Court mentioned the account and the tweet have been pretend. 

“After this video, nobody might see me again. I might die,” Elaha says within the video by way of sobs. “But it is better to die once than die repeatedly.”

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