Thirteen years after the fall of the Taliban regime, there have been tangible gains for Afghan women. My earliest memory was of war. I remember the sound of a rocket and then the windows all breaking. I went to school until I was 18 and my happiest memory was when I graduated and was holding my certificate in my hand. I wanted to go to university, but there are no universities here and Kabul is too far to go every day.
Boys With Brides: Afghanistan's Untold Dilemma Of Underage Marriages
The Bride Price: The Afghan tradition of paying for wives - Afghanistan Analysts Network - English
Context and Culture. Weddings are hugely expensive affairs in Afghanistan, with excessive costs for wedding halls, lavish meals and usually a bride price. It is a contested tradition that is viewed as having no foundation in Islamic law and does not appear in the new draft marriage law. It is also not to be confused with the dowry mahr which should be given to the bride in case her husband dies or divorces her.
I t was a sunny morning in early December last year when year-old Khadija set herself on fire. She kissed her three-month old son Mohammed goodbye and said a short prayer. She then struck a match. The last thing she heard were birds chirping.
KABUL -- Mohammad Wali was just 12 years old when his widowed mother began arranging his marriage to a year-old woman from their village in Ghazni Province. I want to go to school. But his mother insisted on the marriage to ensure that she and Wali's two teenage sisters would not become street beggars -- a possibility she feared because of local inheritance customs for widows who don't have a male heir. Your sisters will get nothing. Reluctantly, after his mother also promised he could marry a second wife of his own choosing when he was older, Mohammad agreed to the wedding -- consent required from him for the marriage to be valid under Islamic law.