15-year-old Sahar Gul was rescued from the home of her in-laws after being tortured for months. Last week, she stood before an Afghan court to see her relatives sentenced to 10 years in prison for torture, abuse, and human rights violations.

For Gul, however, 10 years isn't nearly enough. "They should have been given 50 years," Gul told CNN journalists.

In a video report by CNN, Gul describes the abuses against her, explaining how she was tortured with hot pokers and tied up in the basement by her husband's family. Her in-laws reportedly broke her fingers and tore out her fingernails in an effort to force her into prostitution.

"When they put electric shocks on my feet, I felt like I was going to die at that moment. I screamed and that's how our neighbors realized there was something happening. For one day and night I was unconscious, feeling dead," she told CNN.

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Gul's case highlights the ongoing struggle to safeguard women's rights in Afghanistan, a country where the UN agency UN Women estimates that half of all girls are forced to marry before they turn 15.

Though the fall of the Taliban 10 years ago heralded improvements in women's rights, concerns remain that these advances may be rolled back when the United States pulls out of the country in 2014.

Last October, an Action Aid survey found that 86% of Afghan women were "worried about a return to a Taliban-style government," according to the BBC. More recently, activists warned that the Afghan government may be withdrawing support for women's rights to ease peace talks with the Taliban.

Some argue that cultural barriers in Afghanistan extend beyond the Taliban's influence. The Christian Science Monitor notes:

Lack of enthusiasm for girls' education, limited impact of development funding, regulation at women's shelters, and government malfeasance all seem to point to reluctance among some Afghanis to let go of traditional views of women.

Gul, however, feels a more immediate threat to her safety in Afghanistan.

"I want to go abroad," she told CNN. "If I sit here, they [my in-laws and husband, who remains at large] will find me. I want to go to school and study, to become a doctor or a prosecutor, so I can give punishment by myself to these sort of people. "

Read CNN's full report here.

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  • Afghanistan Tortured Girl

    In this Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012, file photo, Afghan doctors, unseen, dress the tortured ear of Sahar Gul, a 15-year-old at a hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan. The in-laws of a child bride who became the bruised and bloodied face of women's rights in Afghanistan have been sentenced to 10 years in prison for torture, abuse and human rights violations, a judge said Saturday, May 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq, File)

  • Afghanistan Teen Tortured

    Fifteen year-old Sahar Gul, rests on a bed at a hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012. A week after 15 year old Sahar Gul was rescued from the house of her husband's parents, where she was tortured for months, she is demanding justice and wants to see her husband and in-laws behind bars. Gul's in-laws kept her in a basement for six months, ripped out her fingernails, tortured her with hot irons and broke her fingers. "I want my husband, sister-in-law and father-in-law to be in jail... They gave me electric shocks....They beat me with cables and tortured me," she said, speaking at the Wazir Akbar Khan hospital in Kabul, where she was being treated for her horrific injuries. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)

  • Afghanistan Teen Tortured

    An unidentified doctor attends to fifteen-year-old Sahar Gul, as she rests on a bed at a hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012. Gul's in-laws kept her in a basement for six months, ripped out her fingernails, tortured her with hot irons and broke her fingers. "I want my husband, sister-in-law and father-in-law to be in jail... They gave me electric shocks... They beat me with cables and tortured me," she said, speaking at the Wazir Akbar Khan hospital in Kabul, where she was being treated for her horrific injuries. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)

  • Afghanistan Teen Tortured

    Fifteen-year-old Sahar Gul, rests on a bed at a hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)

  • Afghanistan Women's Rights

    In this Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011, file photo, 15-year-old Sahar Gul, is wheeled into a hospital in Baghlan north of Kabul, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Jawed Basharat, File)

  • Afghanistan Women's Rights

    In this Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011, file photo, 15-year-old Sahar Gul, is carried into hospital in Baghlan north of Kabul, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Jawed Basharat, File)