Thursday, December 01, 2011 – According to local authorities in northern Kunduz province, armed militia men attacked and sprayed an Afghan family with acid in their home after the father rejected a man’s bid to marry his teenage daughter.

Head of the provincial women’s affair department in northern Kunduz province Nadera Geya said, a month ago, a gunman tried to marry the teenager, but her family turned him down and instead got her engaged to a relative.

According to reports, the assault was carried by the angry local militia man whose marriage proposal was refused by the victims’ family. The incident took place after the militia men entered the house of the Afghan family and had beaten the father of the girl before spraying acid on the faces of all the family members including the Afghan man, his wife and his three daughters.

Provincial health officials in northern Kunduz province said, the father and the eldest daughter of the family are in a critical condition while the three others including the wife and two other daughters are in a better health condition.

According to reports, the assault was carried out by the group of armed militia men who have been put on duty to control the security situation in their own tribal regions by the Afghan government.

This comes as the armed local militia groups have been accused of carrying out criminal acts including rape crimes in Afghanistan.

Local residents of the northern Kunduz province fear that Afghan police forces would not be able to arrest the local militia men as they are influential people in the region.

But Afghan police forces deny the presence of local militia group in Kunduz province and said, a search operation has been put in place to detain those involved behind the incident.

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  • Ahmad Shah Ghani Zada is the former Senior Editor of Khaama Press Agency who managed and overlooked the English edition. He is occasionally contributing stories to the agency.