United Nations Development Programme had recently rated Afghanistan as one of the worst countries in the world to be born female. The sporadic brutal violence against women in the country reiterates this fact.
In a recent incident, a 20-year-old woman has been hospitalised after she was attacked by her husband who cut off her nose, according to media reports.
The woman, Reza Gul, hopes to travel to Turkey for reconstructive surgery as the facilities for the same are not available in the hospital in Maimana where she is admitted to.
Reza Gul, who lives in Shar-Shar in Taliban-controlled part of Faryab Province, was on Sunday assaulted by her husband Muhammad Khan (25), her mother Zarghona said. They have been married for six years.
Throughout the six years, her husband and other family members used to frequently abuse her, chain her and beat her up.
On Sunday, the couple had an argument over Khan taking in his seven-year-old niece with the intention of making her his second wife. When Reza Gul opposed this, an enraged Khan took a knife and cut off her nose.
Khan and one of his brothers threw her on the back of a motorcycle to take her away to kill her. However, after the news of the attack spread, leading to an uproar, Khan was forced to flee the village.
Although she took the severed nose to the hospital, the facility did not have the equipment to handle such a complicated surgery.
Dr Maroof Samar, acting director of public health in Faryab, said steps have been taken to arrange her travel to Turkey for surgery and treatment.