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Kabul, Ghor residents rally against stoning of girl

Kabul, Ghor residents rally against stoning of girl

Nov 06, 2015 - 19:11

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Separate protests were staged in the capital Kabul and western Ghorinfo-icon province on Friday against the stoning of a girl, asking the government to arrest the perpetrators forthwith.

Local officials in Ghor say the culprits have been identified, but theyare hiding in an area under Talibaninfo-icon’s control. Launching an operation in the neighbourhood without reinforcements is impossible.

On Oct. 25, local Taliban publicly stoned to death 19 years old Rokhshana on the charge of adultery with an unmarried man, who was also whipped in Awdak Ghaleem village on the outskirts of Ferozkoh, the provincial capital.

More than a hundred supporters of the Afghanistaninfo-icon Solidarity Party (ASP), most of them womeninfo-icon,took to the streets in Kabul against the extrajudicial killing of the teenager.

Selai Ghaffar, spokesman for the ASP, denounced the stoning of Rokhshanaas an inhuman and criminal act. She said the girl had been stoned to death based on the verdict of a kangaroo court and without any evidence.

“Afghanistan has become hell, where women are burnt alive. But Afghan women would no longer remain silent against such a heinous crime,” she said, slamming the government for ignoring the outrage.

She said such incidents would not happen if the government had punished the perpetrators of tens of such incidents before.

Civil societyinfo-icon activists, during a protest meeting, also criticised the stoning of Rokhshana and called it an un-Islamic and inhuman act.

Zahra Sepehr, a civil society activist, said violence against women had recently risen in the country -- a matter of concern for them. “We want the government to approve the Elimination of Violence Against Women law and enforce it.”

Judicial organs should not ignore such cases that must be investigated thoroughly, she stressed, saying effective enforcement of relevant laws would help discourage criminals.

Elsewhere, hundreds of people including activists of the Green Trend -- an organisation led by former spymaster Amrullah Saleh -- also staged a rally in Ferozkoh, the capital of Ghor province.

Hamidullah Faramarz, the provincial head of Green Trend, said, “We are ready to take up arms and stand behind the Afghan forces in arresting the killer of Rokhshana,” Silence over Taliban’s brutality meant supporting them, he observed.

However, Ghor Governor Sima Joyenda said the killers had been identified. But she acknowledged they could not be arrested without support from additional security organs.

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Abdullah Abdullahhave promised the stoning would be investigated and the killers brought to justice.



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