A rape victim's mother has threatened to kill her own daughter rather than face the 'shame' of seeing her attackers go free. Lal Bibi, 18, was abducted from her home and raped for five days in Afghanistan's northern Kunduz Province. Her mother said: 'I want the government to help us. If they don't, I'll tell them to come and kill my daughter...'
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Lal Bibi (centre) was abducted from her home and raped for five days in Afghanistan's northern Kunduz Province
Speaking about the abduction, she told CNN: 'They handcuffed my daughter, they tied my hands and my husband's. They were saying they wanted to take my daughter.' She said Lal Bibi was abducted and over the course of the next five days, was beaten by her abductors and repeatedly raped by one of them. Five men have been accused in the attack. Authorities say two have been detained and are being held for further investigation.
Both men insist they're innocent and say the incident was nothing more than a tribal settlement to resolve a family dispute. While killing a rape victim in Kunduz there isn't rare, speaking out about it so openly is. Officials and family members say one of Lal Bibi's relatives angered a family with close ties to an Afghan police commander.
Five men have been accused in the attack. Authorities say two have been detained
They agree that Lal Bibi's abduction and abuse was in retaliation for a relationship that her cousin had with the daughter of one of the police commander's subordinates. All of the accused are members of the Afghan Local Police, or ALP, according to authorities. Trained by U.S. special forces, the ALP was formed to protect civilians in areas of Afghanistan where security forces struggle to fight the insurgency. However, allegations of corruption, violence and human rights abuses carried out by its 13,000 members are widespread. Sharif Safi, chief military prosecutor for Kunduz Province, told CNNin addition to the two ALP members already detained, he is pursuing the other three. 'We've sent at least three warrants to the police chief's office to arrest these three men, but so far they haven't,' Mr Safi said. 'I am going to seriously follow this.' Women's rights groups say that even if the men are sentenced, they'll most probably get off lightly, as decades of tradition have shown. Fawzia Koofi, an Afghan member of parliament and women's rights activist, said: 'In [this] case I'm sure she cannot go back to her district or her province because of the reputation and prestige of the family. 'Many people still don't regard her as a victim.' The campaigner said traditional society will say Lal Bibi, who is now in hiding, has brought this on herself