Friday, June 22, 2012

Trial Underway for Deaf "Slave Girl"

A man in his 80s denies he beat and raped a girl he kept in his cellar for a decade. Prosecutors in the UK say Ilyas Ashar treated the orphan from Pakistan as a slave since she was 10 years old. The unidentified girl has never attended school and is only able to sign her name - allegedly so that she could sign for government benefits. Ashar told the court he treated her as a daughter. He and his wife run a booth in a market and sell cars.