By GRACE JENNINGS-EDQUIST
Brishna is only 10 years old and she’s survived a brutal rape.
Now, she must live in fear of death too, because her relatives reportedly want to dump her little body in a river for bringing “shame” upon the family.
Amnesty International reports a local mullah has been charged for the rape, while Brishna, from Kunduz Province in Afghanistan’s north, was taken to a shelter run by Women for Afghan Women for protection following the attack.
But local police have since returned the little girl back to her family – so Amnesty International is campaigning for the government to step in and protect Brishna, and to take a strong stance on so-called “honour killings”.
“Honour killings” are horrific murders carried out by family members when a woman or girl is seen as bringing dishonour or embarrassments on a family.
More than 240 cases of these killings were recorded by the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission between January 2011 and May 2013, although it’s understood many of the killings are never reported.
Amnesty International gender equality campaigner Ming Yu told Mamamia while Afghanistan does have an Elimination of Violence against Women law, that law “does have a few weaknesses, such as the way so-called honour killings are addressed”.