An Afghan woman has been arrested for reportedly strangling and killing her daughter-in-law for giving birth to another daughter.
The 22-year-old mother of three died when her mother-in-law and husband attacked her on 28th January in the Kunduz province.
The victim’s husband, who is a member of the local militia, has fled and police are currently looking for him.
The two month old baby was not hurt.
According to a police spokesman, the woman’s husband threatened her during her pregnancy.
“She was told by her husband that if she delivered another baby girl, he would kill her,” he told DPA.
The mother, known as Wali Hazrata, tied her daughter-in-law’s feet, while her son strangled her.
The birth of baby girls is often met with disappointment, and sometimes anger, as they are seen as a burden to the family, whereas the birth of a boy is a cause for celebration.
This incident is the latest in maltreatment and domestic violence that continue to happen, despite pledges by theUnited States, Nato and theAfghanistangovernment to help improve women’s rights.
Last month, a teenage girl was rescued by police in Baghlan after her in-laws tortured her and locked her in a toilet for six months because she refused to become a prostitute.