Lost & Misrepresented Voices of Afghanistan Chapter 3 Page 21

came to the rescue, the fault would lie with her, no matter what. The scandal would ruin her for life. It’s easy with the widows. But if they are young girls, virgins, I do it between their legs. I just ask them to press their legs together. Or I do it from, well, you know, from behind,’ says the merchant. (Seierstad, 2008, p.125)

The merchant shows no remorse in his actions as he confesses to Mansur how he is taking advantage of the most vulnerable within society, instead he shows how at ease he is to take advantage of defenceless young girls and women within society in order to gain his own growing need of sexual gratification. Mansur on the other hand shows that he is compelled to feel remorse for the young innocent victim. Unlike his father Mansur displays severe remorse for the young girl who he