Afghan child bride's horror

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An Afghan child bride has spoken of how she was tortured by her mother-in-law who locked her in a toilet for six months, beat her, pulled out her fingernails and burned her with cigarettes.

Sahar Gul, 15, is recovering in hospital in Kabul, her skin still bearing the marks of her ordeal, barely able to speak.

Police have said she was locked up when she defied her in-laws who tried to force her into prostitution.

Her brother had sold her to her husband for US$5000. "I was denied food and water. I was tortured and beaten."

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