`Father-in-law of mutilated Afghan woman arrested`

The father-in-law of an Afghan teenager whose nose and ears were hacked off after she fled her husband`s abusive home is being questioned by police.

Kabul: The father-in-law of an Afghan
woman whose mutilated face appeared on the cover of Time
magazine has been arrested over her injuries, police said
on Wednesday, as a report said the Taliban were not involved.

"Now we managed to arrest her father-in-law and put
him into detention. We are currently questioning him on the
case," Mohammad Gulab, deputy police chief for Uruzgan
province, told a news agency.

Four people in total were suspected in the case
involving "family members", he added.

The head of the regional human rights commission said
the Taliban were not behind the attack as reported in Time and
other media, according to a report on the BBC news website
today.

"After a year`s investigation, we have found out that
the Taliban were not behind this," the BBC quoted the head of
the human rights commission in Uruzgan as saying.

"This was a case of family violence, not the Taliban,"
Abdul Ghafar added.

The 18-year-old woman, Bibi Ayesha, appeared on the
Time cover in August after her nose and ears were sliced off,
along with the headline, "What happens if we leave
Afghanistan?".

An accompanying editorial highlighted the plight of
women under the Islamist group, which ruled Afghanistan until
the US-led invasion in 2001 and still controls parts of the
country.

PTI

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