18-year-old girl raped after being kidnapped in Darqad
TALOQAN (Pajhwok): A militant has raped a girl he kidnapped in the Darqad district of northern Takhar province, the victim’s father alleged on Friday.
But local security officials said the 18-year-old girl -- Parweena -- ran away from her home and went to the residence of the man named Syed Amir.
Col. Omar, the district police chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News that Parweena hailing from Noorkhel village -- entered the man’s house after fleeing her home.
He said Amir offered to marry his niece off to Parweena’s father, but police intervened by taking the girl to a local shelter. The illicit compromise was scuttled.
The two have agreed on the pair’s marriage, with Amir paying the victim’s family 300,000 afghanis in bride price, the police commander added.
But Khair Mohammad, Parweena’s father, called Amir an insurgent who kidnapped his daughter after entering his home at midnight.
He claimed his daughter had been raped by Amir and that he was not ready to bring her back home. The elderly man called for legal action against the rapist.
Meanwhile, resident Abdul Ghafoor said Amir and Parweena were currently in Darqad, planning to tie the knot. He confirmed Amir’s offer of his 4-year-old niece to the victim’s family as a dispute settlement mechanism.
On the other hand, Khair Mohammad has rejected the offer. Ghafoor quoted the girl as telling tribal elders that she had been speaking to Amir over the phone for the past four years.
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