15-year-old girl gang-raped by 9 men in Afghanistan
TALOQAN (Pajhwok): Police on Thursday said they had arrested two suspects in connection with gang rape of a 15-year-old girl in northeastern Takhar province
Provincial police chief Brig. Gen. Noor Mohammad Hakimi told Pajhwok Afghan News the victim girl was a resident of northern Kunduz province. The girl had been brought to Takhar province three months ago and she wore men’s dresses.
“Police were aware of the matter and were searching for the girl. She was gang raped by nine men and all would be arrested.”
In Kunduz, the girl had been with illegal armed men and Afghan Local Police personnel in Khanabad district. She was taken to the battlefield during clashes with Taliban as well, the police chief said.
It is said during that period, the girl became pregnant and she aborted her child.
Takhar civil hospital director Dr. Jamil Frotan said medical examination showed the girl had been sexually assaulted.
Meanwhile, civil society activists, provincial council members and women’s rights defenders held a gathering to demand justice for the girl.
Provincial council chief Mohammad Yaqub Nazari said the officials concerned should marry the girl to one of her rapists and close the case.
“I urge the government to arrest all those involved in the crime and bring them to justice. We will not sit idle if the issue is not treated fairly.”
Civil society activist Karimullah Danish said a number of officials had been trying to keep the issue secret in order to avoid questions from journalists.
He warned of launching a protest movement if the girl was not produced before the media. “Her life is in danger because her rapists are powerful individuals who the government cannot arrest. We demand justice for all, it is a huge crime.”
Afghanistan Human Rights Commission official in Takhar Syed Karim Talash said the girl had been kidnapped from Kunduz to Takhar province two years back. “The sexual attack on the girl was against human rights and the perpetrators should be punished.”
Calls seeking comments from Takhar women’s affairs director Razm Ara Hawash went unanswered.