Ghor officials deny sexual assaults on women prisoners
FIROZKOH (Pajhwok): Prosecutors and officials of the attorney department in western Ghor province on Tuesday rejected a recent report of the Rights and Justice Organisationregarding sexual attacks on women prisoners.
Recent research conducted by the organisation shows some women were raped by prosecutors and judges in Herat, Farah, Ghor, Badghis and Nimroz provinces.
Ahmad Tabriz Juraat, civil society head for the organisation, 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.
But Gul Ahmad Haidari, chief prosecutor in Ghor, told reporters Shamshad visited the central jail without permission from the authorities and had talked to a policewoman. Shams never met women prisoners, he said.
According to Haidari, the prisoners could go outside the cell only for investigation purposes, so it was not possible for a judge or prosecutor to sexually assault them.
He said the Rights and Justice organisation was not authorised to carry out such investigations. Cases of some prisoners had been processed already and others were being studied, the official continued.
Col. Abdul Basir Shaheed, head of the Ghor jail, said the report defamed women’sjail officials and no inmate had ever complained of misbehavior by staff.
Ihsanullah Hayat, Herat governors’ spokesman, said a committee had been formed to investigate allegations that 35 women inmates had been raped by attorneys and judges in the western zone.
Herat’s attorney general office and appellant court appointed the delegation to investigate the allegations.
The official 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.
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