Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

11/26/2013 (11 months ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Attacker killed her husband - who she married at 10 years of age

An Afghan woman who suffered horrific burns after a man allegedly threw a powerful acid in her face is bravely showing her scars for the world to see in an attempt to raise awareness of such attacks being perpetrated against women worldwide. The 29-year-old mother of four named Akhtara lives in a one-bedroom home with her children in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Akhtara has been unable to find work to support her four children since the attack and is forced to beg in order to support her children.

Akhtara has been unable to find work to support her four children since the attack and is forced to beg in order to support her children.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

11/26/2013 (11 months ago)

Published in Asia Pacific

Keywords: Afghanistan, acid throwing, United Nations, violence against women


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Her story is like so many other women in her nation. She married a rich, elderly man at the age of 10. Her husband was later killed by a jealous nephew, she claims.

The nephew, named Amanullah, killed her husband before asking her for her hand in marriage. He then left Kabul for Pakistan, but returned three years later to the mother's home.

When she opened the door, Amanullah reportedly threw the acid in her face, leaving her with horrific scars.
 
"On the night my husband was killed I was overwhelmed with grief. Amanullah came and asked me if I wanted to remain a widow until I die or whether I wanted to marry him," she told Voice of America. "He promised to give me money and look after me.

"Three years after the death of my husband I heard a knock on the door. In my heart I thought he has comeback to apologize for his actions. He immediately threw acid in my face. It felt like my face was on fire."

Akhtara has been unable to find work to support her four children since the attack and is forced to beg in order to support her children. Her family often goes without, surviving on a diet of bread and tea.

The United Nations General Assembly has launched its International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

"Violence against women and girls directly affects individuals while harming our common humanity," Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said.

He welcomes leaders who are helping enforce anti-violence laws while paying tribute to those who help victims.

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka urged world leaders to "mount a response that is proportionate to the violence threatening the lives of women and girls.

"We need education in schools that teaches human rights and mutual respect, and that inspires young people to be leaders for equality," she added.

A birth foretold: click here to learn more!

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for November 2014
Lonely people:
That all who suffer loneliness may experience the closeness of God and the support of others.
Mentors of seminarians and religious: That young seminarians and religious may have wise and well-formed mentors.



Comments


More Asia Pacific

Faithful gather to celebrate 500 years of the Catholic Church in Myanmar Watch

Image of Christianity remains a small minority in predominantly Buddhist Myanmar.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

As the Catholic Church there begins to celebrate its 500 years there, Christianity remains a small minority in predominantly Buddhist Myanmar. According to a census conducted this year, Catholics number about 750,000 out of a population estimated at just over ... continue reading


China's icy heart? Has the Catholic Church warmed up the Asian superpower? Watch

Image of China has 12 million Catholics, but they are often split between support for the local state-run Church and the Vatican.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Relations between the Vatican and China have been frosty since the communist takeover in the 1950s, and the Holy See has found it very difficult to warm relations with the Asian superpower. But with an unprecedented proposal from China, all that could very well ... continue reading


Lessons not learned: 132 Indian women sterilized in five hours following tragedy Watch

Image of Senior officials in Ghuvara acknowledged that the family planning camp was organized by government authorities, but refused to speak on record.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The nation of India recently saw the deaths of 13 women, with as many as 50 women seriously injured after a hasty mass sterilization camp in Ghuvara in Chhatarpur district. Lessons were not learned, it appears, as another 132 women were reportedly operated upon ... continue reading


Two billion people drink water contaminated by feces Watch

Image of According to WHO, inadequate water supply and sanitation results in annual economic losses of $260 billion.

By Magdalena Mis, Thomson Reuters Foundation

Nearly two billion people use water contaminated by feces, posing a global health risk despite billions of dollars spent on sanitation, said a report published on Wednesday. LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - One in seven people, mostly poor and living in ... continue reading


Five million people expected in Goa, India to venerate St. Francis Xavier Watch

Image of The saint, who died in 1552, has his remains preserved in a glass-paneled silver casket and kept inside the 16th-century Basilica of Bom Jesu (Good Jesus).

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Five million people are expected to flood Goa, India in order to venerate the remains of 16th century Spanish missionary Francis Xavier. The remains will be on display for 40 days beginning this weekend.  LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - In order to ... continue reading


PHOTO: Baby born with four arms, four legs in India called 'God's baby' Watch

Image of The family understands the excitement and interest in their newest member.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A baby boy born with four arms and four legs is drawing crowds to Baruipur, a city in India's eastern West Bengal State. The child has been called "God Boy" by his parents as he resembles a Hindu deity with multiple arms and legs.  LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading


Eight reasons why North Korea's leaders should be tried for crimes against humanity Watch

Image of Kim Jong Un could face an international court, however the odds are very slim.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The Telegraph has published a list of eight crimes for which North Korea and its leadership could be tried in international court. Although the odds of anyone from North Korea facing such justice are long, the world should be prepared because anything could happen in ... continue reading


Stripped naked, Indian woman forced to parade on donkey through village Watch

Image of Said woman was accused of killing her nephew, Vardi Singh, by his wife and relatives, and found guilty by a council of elders.

By Kieran Guilbert, Thomson Reuters Foundation

A woman in northern India was stripped naked and paraded through her village on a donkey after being accused of murdering her nephew, according to a BBC News report on Monday. LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The village council in Rajsamand district in ... continue reading


DEPTHS OF DEPRAVITY: Two U.S. men flee Thailand after allegedly shipping BABY PARTS overseas Watch

Image of According to officials, the two men's package included a severed baby's head and a child's left foot cut into three separate pieces.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

It's too early for Christmas - but two American men are on the run after a grisly package that they allegedly shipped from Thailand made it back to the states. According to officials, the men's package included a severed baby's head and a child's left foot cut ... continue reading


One group fights to save the lives of thousands of newborns Watch

Image of In Nepal, superstition and suspicion is being fought with science in order to save the lives of thousands of babies.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

An ongoing campaign in Nepal to cut down on the number of newborn deaths is being carried out by thousands of volunteers, aided by the U.S. Development Agency (USAID). LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Bhumisara Upadhyay is just one of these volunteers, who ... continue reading


All Asia Pacific News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Ezekiel 34:11-12, 15-17
11 "For the Lord Yahweh says this: Look, I myself ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 23:1-2, 2-3, 5, 6
1 [Psalm Of David] Yahweh is my shepherd, I lack ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 25:31-46
31 'When the Son of man comes in his glory, escorted ... Read More

Reading 2, First Corinthians 15:20-26, 28
20 In fact, however, Christ has been raised from the ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for November 23rd, 2014 Image

Bl. Miguel Pro
November 23: Born on January 13, 1891 in Guadalupe, Mexico, Miguel Agustin ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter