The news of Nat Geo’s green-eyed Afghan girl, Sharbat Gula, took the world by storm on Wednesday. The woman, now in her 40s, was captured by Steve McCurry in 1985 – catapulting the photographer to global acclaim. Now, the photographer has come up for every possible help to Gula. In a Facebook post, McCurry offered to provide legal and financial assistance to the Afghan girl whom he had captured through his lens 30 years ago. A shocked and saddened McCurry wrote: “I object to this action by the authorities in the strongest possible terms. She has suffered throughout her entire life, and her arrest is an egregious violation of her human rights.” Sharbat Bibi was on Wednesday arrested on corruption charges by Pakistani officials. Gula has been arrested for forging a Computerised National Identity Card (CNIC). The officials recovered both Pakistani and Afghani ID cards from her possession.
The woman has been charged under Section 419, 420 of the Pakistan Penal Code and Section 5(2) of the Prohibition of Corruption Act. The Pakistani officer, who had issued CNIC to Bibi escaped arrest as he managed to obtain a bail-before-arrest. As per various reports, information mentioned on the NADRA’s form was found to be false. The forms claimed that Bibi had two sons. However, officials said that she had two daughters and a two-year-old son.