The gravestone is rough shale; nothing is written, as if she isn't here, lying at the foot of a mountain thick with snow.
March 26, 2010 11:24 AM Subscribe
An unwilling Afghan bride's defiance leads to death.
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'Frashta didn't want to marry her cousin, and she fled. In a land where tradition and family honor are everything, that sealed her doom. "So beautiful that no words could describe her face," said her uncle. A child of the provinces can never run far. She should have known this. Frashta, though, was headstrong. Two shots from a hunting rifle in the night, then they rolled her in cloth and tried to hide her, but some things cannot be hidden. She was found in the yard.
"A bad woman," said the cop.
"She didn't like Abdul's family. She said Abdul was addicted to hash and beat her often," Dal said. "She kept telling me this. During those three months she lived with us, she and I would talk about how to solve this problem. She kept saying: 'I can't marry my cousin. If my mother gives me away to anyone else, I will marry him, but not my cousin.' "
Her refrain was challenging the heart of tradition, in which rural Muslim women accept what is expected of them and bear their grievances quietly. Sometimes poverty
is the deciding factor.