Civil society wants killer of Setayesh Quraishi punished
BAMYAN CITY (Pajhwok): Civil society activists on Sunday condemned the murder of Afghan migrantSetayesh Quraishi in Iran and asked for a thoroughgoing investigation.
An Afghan refugee living in Iran, Sher Aqa Quraishi, told BBC his daughterSetayesh Quraishi was kidnapped by a neighbourbefore being brutally killed.
He said his daughter had gone out of home to buy ice-cream on April 10 when kidnapped. “After a day of her kidnap, police informed me that my daughter was kidnapped by a young guy of our neighbors and then killed her,” he said.
Iranian media outlets said Setayesh Quraishi was raped before being killed and sprayed with acid. However, the father of the victim said it was unclear whether her daughter had been raped or not. The 17 years old Iranian kidnapper has been arrested by police.
Dozens of protestors including women condemned the killing of Setayesh Quraishi and issued a resolution, asking Iranian and the Afghan governments to investigate the the incident.
The protestors also asked UNICEF and international human rights organisations to oversee the trial of the murderer. They said the accused had killed, raped and burnt Setayesh. He should be awarded deterrent punishment, they demanded.
Afghanistan Civil Society Association (ACSA) head, Hussain Dad Mohammadi, told Pajhwok Afghan News the silence of the Iranian government was cause for concern.“Our demand is dispensation of justiceto heal the pains of the Afghan community,” he remarked.
Sughra Attaye, a civil society activist who participated in the protest, said the killing of Setayesh was an example of atrocities against the Afghan refugees in Iran.
Some of such incidents are revealed by conscientious Iranians, but most of Afghan murder cases were hidden, she said.She asked the Afghan government to protect the rights of Afghans wherever they were living.
On the other hand, officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said they were awareof the incident and the Afghan embassy in Iran was tracking the issue.
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