Escape from Home

Shabnam and Shabir are the guests of Lalo Mama. Shabir says to Lalo Mama that our neighbor’s daughter wanted to escape from home but her brother captured her and beat her. Lalo mama asks the reason. Shabnam says that the girl is in 5th class but her father engaged her to an aged man and she doesn’t want to marry now.

Lalo Mama says that it is a violence against girls. Shabnam asks what violence is? Lalo Mama says that beating, threating, force marriage and so on are the common instances of violence against girls and then he opens a window about violence against girls to his guests.


In the window, the reporter of the castle says: according to the civil law of Afghanistan, the girls under 16 and boys under 18 are called children and they need more care and kindness but some of them are faced a kind of violence which is opposed to the Law of Juvenile Delinquency and Convention of the Rights of the Child. A girl says to the reporter of the castle:

My father dealt me about 150 thousand Afghanis with one of my cousins. As I loved my other cousin, I escaped from home and came to a security department. My cousin presented a petition to the court and claimed that I am his wife. I wait for the court's decision.

Another girl says:

When I was 15 years old, my family married me to a man. My husband’s family was threatening me and did not allow me and my father family to visit each other. After 8 months of my wedding, I escaped from my husband’s house and wanted him to divorce me but my husband was not willing to divorce me. When my father paid him 350 thousand Afghanis, he divorced me. When I release from here, I would marry someone else and would not face my father family again.

Lalo Mama closes the window. Shabir says the Islam has given the right to the girls and boys to choose their spouses themselves. Lalo Mama says that it is the job of the youths to inform their elders from the rights of girls and boys.