Ziba was forced to flee her village, finding shelter in the
town of Khoram Sarbagh. Her destitute parents forced her to marry a man she had never met for a sum of US$400. Within a month she began suffering physical and verbal violence, tolerating the abuse until her infant daughter was burned by her husband. Her husband sought divorce, attesting that she was responsible for the child’s injuries. Ziba approached NRC but her case was weakened by the fact her parents had spent much of the bride-wealth, leaving her with limited options. She continued living with her husband during the proceedings, despite his on-going violence. She was forced, like many other Afghan women in similar circumstances, to accept a judgement that she could keep custody of her child only if she agreed not to pursue her former husband for payment of the mahr owed her. Ziba was not aware of her rights under Afghan law.