Balkh officials say unaware girl gang-raped
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Senior provincial officials have been trying to suppress a group sexual attack on a young girl in Sholgar district of northern Balkh province, civil society activists said on Saturday.
Mukhtar Wafae, Howida weekly magazine in-charge, told Pajhwok Afghan News the 15-year-old girl was gang-raped in Qaland village some 10 days back.
A women’s affairs official at the provincial Attorney Office confirmed the incident, but the town’s administrative chief, the police chief and the women’s affairs department said they were unaware of such an incident.
Howida said two drivers and a teacher were involved in the attack while powerful individuals in the area were hiding the incident from media and government officials by offering money to those who could expose the inhuman act.
Wafae accused a Wolesi Jirga member from Balk of trying to hide the incident and save the culprits.
Fawzia Hameedi, the women’s affairs official at the provincial Attorney Office, said they were aware of the unfortunate incident in Sholgar district, but nobody had contacted their department.
She said they expected security officials to inform the Attorney Office about the incident so that they could launch their investigation.
According to Fawzia, they would visit the area if security official did not cooperate with the Attorney Office.
She said they had contacted the district chief, police chief and women’s affairs officials, but all expressed their unawareness.
Sirajuddin Abid, the district chief, said he came to know about the incident through media. He said intelligence officials had been asked to investigate the incident, but they did not return with their findings.
Provincial police spokesman Sher Jan Durrani also said they had not received any report about the alleged sexual attack.
Shahla Hadid, the women’s affairs department director, was also not aware about the incident. She said they would investigate the incident and the result would be shared with the media.
She promised those involved would be dealt with in accordance with the law.
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