A twenty two year old mother of two was horrifically beaten to near death by a tribal elder in the northern Sar-e-Pul province of Afghanistan earlier this month over robbery suspicions involving her father.
The tribal elder found both the woman and her father guilty of robbery based on information given to the leader through a fortuneteller.
A video of the brutal beating, which showed a man hitting a the woman repeatedly with a large stick, while spectators watched, was launched over social media sites and played by local TV stations.
Five people who appeared in the horrific video who also participated in the beating were arrested on Saturday. The Interior Ministry reported that the arrests took place near the northern town of Sar-e-Pul.
Afghanistan officials reported that the young woman is not in good health after the beating and that all parties involved in organizing the “tribal court” with be thoroughly investigated.
In 2011, a Thomson Reuters Foundation poll called Afghanistan as the most dangerous place in the world for women.
On March 19, a mob of 150 men beat a twenty seven year old woman, Farkhunda, to death. Her assailants threw her body off a roof, ran over it with a car, set it on fire and threw her lifeless body into the Kabul River.
The attack was captured by mobile phone cameras and shown on many social media sites. The woman had been falsely accused of burning the Quran. Her death led to massive protests across the country, twenty six people were arrested but only twelve were convicted.
Four were sentenced to death and eight others to sixteen years in prison. Later, in a secretive, closed door trial held in July, an appeals court overturned the death sentences, commuting them to Twenty years in prison. None of the Farkhunda’s family members or lawyers were allowed to attend the hearing.