This sort of conduct is a result of the Qur’an’s requirement of four male witnesses to prove rape has occurred. It is also the result of a culture in which the honor of a man and his family depends on their “control” over women (with Qur’an 4:34 sanctioning violence to quell “rebellion”), and in which reputation and the external appearance of piety trump individual rights.
“Afghan family rip out five-month-old foetus: Governor,” from Agence France-Presse, January 7 (thanks to Dumbledoresarmy):
An Afghan teenager is in a serious condition in hospital after her mother and brother allegedly sliced open her belly to remove a five-month-old foetus from a rape, officials said.
The girl’s relatives, who are farmers, had apparently decided to remove the unborn child to protect the family’s honour, a local Governor told AFP.
Rape and pregnancy outside marriage are seen as a disgrace in the conservative society.
Bamiyan Governor Habiba Sarabi said the girl had not told her family she was pregnant.
“When the family realised two days ago, the mother and brother of the girl tied up her hands and legs and took her to a stable where they sliced open her belly with a blade and took the foetus away,” she said.
They then sewed up the wound with a large needle of the sort used to seal flour sacks, Ms Sarabi said.
It became infected and started bleeding and the girl fainted, prompting the family to take her to hospital.
“She is not in good health now,” she added.
Authorities had arrested the alleged rapist and were investigating, Ms Sarabi said.
Provincial health director Nadir Ali confirmed the girl was in hospital.
“Her wound is badly infected and we are trying to control that first. We don’t know how bad are her internal wounds,” Dr Ali said.
The nature of the wound showed the procedure was not carried out by health workers, but further investigation was needed to establish what had happened to the girl, he said.