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Quqnoos, July 28, 2009

Baghlan governor's Nephew Rapes Kid

Ahmad's father accused governor Amir Gul for not reviewing the sexual abuse case despite he reported the issue to district judicial department.

By Faisal Karimi

The sixth-grade schoolchild who has been working part time at a tailoring shop in Baghlan-e Markazi district told Quqnoos that nephew of the district governor, Amir Gul, kidnapped and raped him nearly two weeks ago.

“In some areas, alleged or convicted rapists are, or have links to, powerful commanders, members of illegal armed groups, or criminal gangs, as well as powerful individuals whose influence protects them from arrest and prosecution,” said the report entitled Silence is Violence, launched in Kabul on 8 July.
IRIN, Jul. 8, 2009

“They took me and fasten my mouth, eyes and feet and then did the thing to me,” the boy, Ahmad, (not his real name) described.

Baghlan-e Markazi’s governor’s nephew, Mohammadullah, and another man kidnapped Ahmad on his way to the tailoring shop, the weeping boy further said.

Ahmad’s father who wished to remain anonymous said after the sexual abuse, his son was taken to a hospital at the provincial capital, Pul-e Khumri, 30 km south of Baghlan-e Markazi district.

‘Don’t Disgrace Me’

Ahmad's father accused governor Amir Gul for not reviewing the sexual abuse case despite he reported the issue to district judicial department.

“I went to governor with my letter, he took me to a private room and said that this [the rape] issue can be resolved in gathering with elders, not the government, so don’t disgrace me,” Ahmad’s father described the behavior of the governor.

Baghlan’s provincial governor, Mohammad Akbar Barikzay, confirmed the abuse and vowed to follow up the case.

Governor Amir Gul and other government officials in Baghlan-e Markazi district avoided to talk on this issue.

Child rape – mostly carried out by local guerillas – has been frequently reported in many provinces of the country.

Last year in September, eight armed men had raped two schoolgirls, one thirteen and another twelve, in the northern Sar-e Pul province.

The local armed men were arrested by the provincial government but they were soon released.

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