Afghan girl accuses senior Taliban leader of raping and forcibly marrying her

Afghan girl accuses senior Taliban leader of raping and marrying her ;e of force


KABUL | A young Afghan girl claimed in a video posted on social media that a senior Taliban leader beat, raped and forcibly married her. Accusations denied by the member of the fundamentalist Islamist regime. 

The 25-year-old woman, who goes by the simple first name of Elaha, says she was sexually assaulted by Saeed Khosty, a former spokesperson for the Interior Ministry.

Saeed Khosty denied the assault charges, claiming he divorced Elaha after a “consented marriage.”

The charges and their denials are aired and shared thousands of times on social media in Afghanistan, where he it's rare for such personal details to be released publicly.

In the video posted on Tuesday, Elaha, who calls herself a medical student at Kabul University, tearfully recounts the ordeal she experienced for several months.

“I was beaten. I was raped. I didn't know what I should do. He filmed me and threatened to publish the video”, assures the young woman.

Elaha, who claims to be the daughter of a former Afghan general, explains that she tried to flee but that 'she was caught at the Torkham post on the border with Pakistan, from where she was taken to a prison in Kabul.

She adds that she was then asked to apologize to the senior Taliban leader and was beaten when she refused to do so.

It is unclear where Elaha posted from this video and where she is currently.

“She had some issues regarding her beliefs and faith. I tried to fix it through discussions and advice, but it didn't work,” the senior Taliban official defended himself in a statement posted on Twitter.

“I don't didn't fight, but using my Islamic rights, I got divorced. I regret my hastily contracted marriage to her,” he continued.

He added that the young woman was free to file a complaint against him. “If my guilt is proven, the court can punish me. If she does not believe in the courts of the Islamic Emirate, then I am ready to go to any court she wishes,” assured Saeed Khosty.

“I apologize to the mujahideen (combatants) of the Islamic Emirate and the nation of Afghanistan. May God forgive me,” Khosty added.