Two young teen girls fled the abusive and much older husbands they had been forced to marry. The brutality of their punishment can be seen in the video below.

Afghan Child Brides Flogged After Fleeing Husbands (Video)

Basgol, 14, and Khadija, 13, dressed themselves as boys and made their way onto a bus. When the bus was pulled over by police their immediate thought was they had been saved, but that was not to be. The police officers returned the young girls to their home village and abusive husbands, knowing full well these children would be sadistically flogged.

The flogging of both girls—Basgol and Khadija, was videotaped by a handful of spectators and only released when the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission failed in their attempt to win government action to protect them.

For some reason, the Afghan government is not able or willing to clamp down on the forced marriages of very young girls; often to men old enough to be their grandfathers.

Marriage of girls under 16, as well as flogging is illegal in Afghanistan, but that doesn’t stop the barbaric savagery that occurs on a regular basis. Illegal is just another word to be ignored.

The public flogging and forced marriages of female children remain widespread, and sadly, help is not on the horizon in spite of what the Afghanistan government says.

Girls are often sold by their fathers to pay off debts and are sometimes killed by them if they run away from their husbands.

These children are regularly beaten, fed poison and sometimes turned into suicide bombers, according to human rights activists.

The case of Khadija Rasoul, 13, and Basgol Sakhi, 14, from the village of Gardan-i-Top, in the Dulina district of Ghor Province, central Afghanistan, was notable for the failure of the authorities to do anything to protect the girls, despite opportunities to do so.

Forced into a so-called marriage exchange, where each girl was given to an elderly man in the other’s family, Khadija and Basgol later complained that their husbands beat them when they tried to resist consummating the unions.

While there are shelters for the runaway child brides, the police willfully turned these two young girls over to Fazil Ahad Khan, the self appointed morals enforcer in his district in Ghor Province. If not so tragic, this would be laughable.

Khan punished the children on January 12, 2010 with 40 lashes each.

In the video, the mullah, under Mr. Khan’s approving eye, administers the punishment with a leather strap, which he appears to wield with as much force as possible, striking each girl in turn on her legs and buttocks with a loud crack each time. Their heavy red winter chadors are pulled over their heads so only their skirts protect them from the blows.

The video is extremely disturbing, the physical pain and public humiliation is abundantly evident.

For all of you that wonder why we are involved in Afghanistan or Iraq’s business, or what is it we’re fighting for, I urge you to watch this.

How does anyone or any government justify the flogging, whipping, beating of 2 young child brides that ran away from forced marriages? Are these children not human? Are they less valuable than our own?

I wonder what those Code Pink cowards think when they see something like this—are they truly ok with this situation? Why can’t they don their pretty pink outfits and go screaming and pounding their chests over the sadistic and savage flogging these children are forced to endure? Why picket a Military base when you might actually be able to do something worthwhile with your time? You have a voice—use it to stop this the violence against children!

Do you think we’ll ever be able to stop the barbaric practice of flogging, or forcing little girls to marry old men?

Please watch the video, but be warned it’s graphic. If you have any thoughts on Afghan Child Brides Flogged After Fleeing Husbands, we’d really like to ‘hear’ what you have to say.