Body set up to probe allegations of women prisoners’ rape
HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): Officials in western Herat province on Monday said a committee had been formed to investigate allegations that 35 women inmates had been raped by attorneys and judges in the western zone of the country.
A recent research conducted by the “Rights and Justice Organisation” show some women were raped by lawyers and judges in Herat, Farah, Ghor, Badghis and Nimroz provinces.
Ahmad Tabriz Juraat, civil society head for the organisation in the western zone, claimed nine lawyers and six judges in Herat, six lawyers and four judges in Badghis, five lawyers and four judges in Ghor, four lawyers and three judges in Farah and three lawyers and two judges in Nimroz had sexually assaulted female prisoners.
Shamsuddin Shams, another official of the organisation also admitted at least 35 women had been raped in western provinces. He also called for justice to the victims.
“Of these women 12 were raped in Herat prison and all the accused judges and lawyers continue with their work,” he alleged, saying the perpetrators’ names had been sent to the Presidential Palace.
Shams said majority of the women were taken to residences of the judges and lawyers at night and were raped there. The inmates and their family members had also been threatened by the officials many times, he added.
The organisation warned that if the government did not pay attention to the matter, it would reveal names of the accused.Shams said since the beginning of the investigation, five men and two women employees of the organisation had been killed and 12 more male and four female staffers imprisoned by powerful individuals.
Meanwhile, Ehsanullah Hayat, the governor’s spokesman, said Herat’s attorney general office and appellant court had appointed a delegation to investigation the allegations.
He promised the perpetrators would be punished in accordance with the law if the allegation were proved true. He also asked the Rights and Justice Organisation to share its evidence with the delegation.
The rights and justice organisation had earlieralso said there were more than 130,000 ghost soldiers in Afghanistan. But the Presidential Palace rejected the claim as baseless.
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