Justice has been urged for the woman whose ears were chopped off by her husband in Afghanistan's northern Balkh province this week.
The 23-year-old woman named Zarina faced the attack by her husband on Monday night. Her husband fled following the act to avoid arrest.
“I haven’t committed any sin,” she said in a hospital. “I don’t know why my husband did this to me.”
The attack was condemned by rights advocates as a “barbaric act.”
“It has been the worst incident in its kind,” said Sayed Mohammad Sami, the zonal head of Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission.
“We expect the security institutions to immediately arrest the individual so that he could be prosecuted and punished,” he said.
Her husband committed the mutilation two months after he returned from west neighbour Iran.
Zarina also appealed the government to arrest her husband.
Sher Jan Durrani, a spokesman for Balkh police, said that the man had fled from the village.
“There have been checks in the surrounding villages and was not found,” he said adding efforts were ongoing to arrest him.
This is the latest in a series of high-profile domestic abuse incidents and cases of violence against women in Afghanistan.
In January 2016, another woman Reza Gul had her nose chopped off by her husband in Ghormach district in northern Faryab province.