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Raped 20 times in captivity, Kunduz girl seeks justice

Raped 20 times in captivity, Kunduz girl seeks justice

Feb 04, 2017 - 15:26

KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): Yasmin, a young girl who was recently kidnapped in the capital of northeastern Kunduz province, alleges she was raped 20 times in captivity.

Kunduz crime branch chief, Waisuddin Talash, told Pajhwok Afghan News the girl’s family reported to him her disappearance on January 4.

“We mounted a search and succeeded in finding the girl in a house in the Sar Dawra area of Kunduz City. We also arrested a man with a pistol in connection with the incident,” he said.

Yasmin, the victim, said she was raped more than 20 times during her two-month captivity. “I was kidnapped from Ibrahimkhel area by two brothers, who drugged me and later I found myself in a house.

“In the house, two men with pistols sat behind me and I could not go out. One of them raped me more than 20 times during this period,” she charged.

Parents of Yasmin demanded justice from the government, saying the perpetrators should be given a deterrent punishment. Saifuddin, father of the victim, said: “We thank police officials and ask the government and judiciary to punish the criminals.”

But Noor Agha, the man arrested by police, said he was in Kabul. He quoted the girl as saying that she had been engaged to an elderly man by her parents.

“In telephone contact, she told me she herself would come to my home if I don’t return home. When I returned from Kabul, she was with my family,” the detainee claimed.

The man said he later invited tribal elders to the girl’s family about the issue and “they engaged the girl to me in return for 120,000 afghanis”.

He said he had already paid 50,000 afghanis in dowry, accusing the girl’s parents of painting the marriage as a kidnapping case after he refused pay the rest of the amount.

“Yasmin is my honour and I would not let her go away even if I’m killed,” the man said, making clear his intention to stay in conjugal union with the girl.