Child abuse on the rise in Helmand: AIHRC
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): The Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) on Wednesday expressed grave concerns over increasing number of child labor and sexual exploitation of children in southern Helmand.
Director AIHRC Mohammad Bilal Siddiqui while speaking at a gathering said the commission had obtained certain documents during its two months investigations, which showed increase in sexual abuse of children.
“The children suffer not only hard labor but they are sexually abused, making them dance in music parties and take their pictures while clothing them in female dresses,” he said, adding security forces provide complete support to gay instead of opposing the practice.
“The government should ban the practice by law and the perpetrators should be punished to discourage the practice,” Siddiqui demanded. According to his findings, around thirty children were sexual abused and some were forced to dance in weddings parties.
Negligence to law, insecurity, poverty, administrative corruption and lack of awareness were main reasons of surge sexual abuse of children, he said, adding that religious scholars, local elders and security organs could prevent the practice.
Abdullah Baloch, area coordinator of AIHRC, also confirmed sharp rise in sexual abuses of children and said security organs and people should protect vulnerable children.
Maulvi Khudai Nazar, head of religious council, ensured their efforts in prevention of the practice.
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