'Rape attempt' made on entry test examinee
KABUL (Pajhwok): A Higher Education Ministry official made an attempt to sexually assault a girl student moments before she sat the university entrance test on the Kabul University campus on Tuesday, a teacher claimed on Wednesday.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, the Kabul University teacher told Pajhwok Afghan News the ministry’s media section official tried to rape the student after offering her assistance in the exam.
The incident took place at the Turkish language branch of the literature department moments before the final round of the test began. The official lured the girl student to the department’s building to introduce her to a specific group of students, who would help her in solving the paper, the teacher said.
The official made the attempt to sexually attack the girl after she visited a toilet and he locked the door. Her cries altered a watchman of the department, who rushed to the scene, but the official escaped.
A guard at the Turkish language department, declining to be identified, said the man who attempted to rape the girl introduced himself an employee of the Ministry of Higher Education. He entered the department with the girl ahead of the start of the exam, he said, adding the official was a friend of the girl’s sister-in-law.
He alleged the ministry’s official demanded sex favour from the girl in return for her success in the exam and warned her of fabricating cheating charges against her if she refused to have sex with him. “Both the girl and the official went to men’s toilets in the department.”
A Pashtu literature student, Fazl Rahman, told Pajhwok Afghan New he was present on the campus when the incident took place. He said the unidentified official had won the girl’s consent, but he fled the scene after his attempt flopped.
A police official at the third police district said the case had reached the police station and they were investigating it. He identified the man as Salim Hakimi, who was at large.
Higher Education Ministry’s spokesman Azim Noor Bakhsh said they had not been officially informed about the incident, which he said would be investigated through judicial and justice organs.
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