An Afghan mother was strangled to death by her husband, upset that she had given birth to another daughter rather than a son, Time reported on Monday.
Provincial women's affair chief Nadira Ghya said that the 22-year-old mother, Estorai, was aware she was in danger because she had warned her family about the repeated threats on the grounds that she does bear another daughter.
According to Time, Estorai and her husband Sher Mohammad, 29, had one previous daughter before the newest female infant was born. However, CNN News reported in its lead that the Kunduz couple previously had two daughters; the third child, also female, was born three months ago. So the couple's specific number of daughters remains unclear.
Officials of both news organizations do not provide a family name for Estorai nor She Mohammad.
"On Saturday, the man, with the help of his mother, first beat the woman and then strangled her to death," Khanabad district police chief Sufi Habib said.
Kunduz police are currently searching for Mohammad, who had fled about the time a neighbor found Estorai dead in their house, said District Police Chief Sufi Habibullah. His mother, Wali Hazrata, was arrested and detained at the Kunduz city jail.
While Time does not mention Hazrata's name, both articles received similar statements of her saying that her son did not commit the crime and that her daughter-in-law had committed suicide. Police said they found no evidence of hanging from her wounds.