Protestors want Afghan girl killer in Iran punished
KABUL/HERAT: (Pajhwok): Residents and civil society activists on Wednesday protested in front of the Iranian Embassy in Kabul and the country’s consulate in western Herat province over the raping and killing of a minor Afghan girl in Tehran.
The six-year-old girl identified as Setayesh Quraishi was abducted in Veramin town near Tehran on April 9 by a 17-year-old Iranian boy, who sexually abused and killed the little girl and reportedly thrown acid at the girl to hide his crime.
With Iranian authorities investigating the case and autopsy results are expected to be released this week, many Afghans and Iranians have roundly condemned the crime as outrageous.
Some 100 people protested in front of the Iranian Embassy in Kabul. The protest was arranged by Andesha-i-Naw civil society and the participants demanded severe punishment for those involved in the murder of Quraishi.
They warned of staging more protests in front of the embassy and set the Iranian government a 15-day deadline to persecute the perpetrators.
They said if their demand was not met, they would close the doors of the Iranian diplomatic mission in Kabul.
Separately, some women activists and youth staged a protest in western Herat province.
Dozens of protesters gathered in front of the Iranian consulate in Heart City, the provincial capital, and demanded punishment of the murderer of Setayesh.
Iranian Ambassador to Afghanistan Mohammad Reza Bahrami had said the country's vice president had met the victim's family and promised quick action by the authorities for the trial of the rapist.
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