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Former Taliban Official Divorces Wife for Her Alleged Waning Faith

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Saqalain Eqbal
Saqalain Eqbal
Saqalain Eqbal is an Online Editor for Khaama Press. He is a Law graduate from The American University of Afghanistan (AUAF).

Saeed Khosty, the former Taliban Ministry of Interior spokesperson, has divorced his wife, the daughter of one of the former National Security Generals, whom he allegedly forcefully married, due to her faith infirmity.

Elaha, Khosty’s wife, is a 24-year-old medical student at the Kabul Medical University. In the videotapes she made public, she asserts that Saeed Khosty sexually assaulted her within the Taliban intelligence office before forcing her to marry him.

She claims in one of the videos that are circulating on social media that this Taliban official tortured her at night, leaving marks all over her body.

Elaha was imprisoned by the Taliban intelligence after being detained for having images of National Security soldiers on her phone, where she was repeatedly degraded, and purportedly raped by Saeed Khosty while being filmed.

Following that, the Taliban official and several gun-toting Taliban fighters visit her home and threaten her family by telling them not to dispute their marriage.

Elaha is kept at the Gulbahar Center in Kabul after being made to marry Khosty against her will. She makes multiple efforts to escape, but the Taliban always catch her and bring her back, just like the last time she was brought back from the Torkham border.

According to her, she was left with no alternative but to shoot a video of herself as soon as she acquired a smartphone, which she then promptly shared on social media and sent to the media.

Saeed Khosty claimed on his Twitter handle that Elaha asked him to marry her six months ago, but he later after marriage, he discovered she had a problem with her faith and belief.

Elaha, according to Khosty, disrespected and insulted the sacred values, despite his attempts to educate and correct her.

This Taliban official has publicly apologized to the Taliban and refuted any charges of rape, torture, or other forms of abuse. He also expressed remorse for this marriage.

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