Girl Beaten by Islamist Father, Brother, Forced to Wear Suicide Vest
The 10-year-old "suicide vest girl"--arrested and held after being spotted before her vest detonated at a police checkpoint in Afghan's Helmand province--has revealed that she was beaten by her father and brother and denied education.
She is "thought to be the sister of a prominent Taliban commander."
According to BBC News, the girl--known as "Spozhmai"--said her father and brother "[ordered] her to put on the vest."
She said she is scared to go home because "they... treat... me as if I was a slave."
Authorities are willing to release her back to her family only on the condition that "tribal elders [guarantee] her safety." But Spozhmai has "appealed to Afghan President Hamid Karzai to put her in a new home."
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