Men accused of raping Ghazni girl sentenced to 10 years in prison
GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): Two men were sentenced to 10 years in prison for raping a 15 years old girl by the appellant court in southern Ghazni province, an official said on Tuesday.
The victim was attending a literacy course in Ghazni City, the provincial capital. Her teacher Mohammad Bakhshand his brother Mohammad Bakhsh were accused of sexually assaulting the girl several times.
Some months ago, the men were arrested in Jaghatu district and sentenced to three years in jail.However, the victim’s family demanded more stringent punishment for the men.
Mohammad Bakhsh managed to flee after Taliban militants attacked the main jail in Ghazni City some months back.
Appellant Court Judge Mohammad Ali Karimi, during an open trial of the case, said the accused had confessed to their crime. The men deserved longer jail sentences, he remarked.
On the other hand, Ali Bakhsh claimed the girl had voluntarily had sex with him. He denied his brother was also involved in the incident.
At the end of the court, Karimi sentenced Ali Bakhsh to a decade in jail. However, he explained the accused could appeal his sentence in a higher court.
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