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Female convicts handed over to tribal elders in Paktika

Female convicts handed over to tribal elders in Paktika

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Mar 07, 2016 - 19:39

SHARAN (Pajhwok): Some womeninfo-icon accused of committing different crimes in southeastern Paktika province remain unpunished and have been handed over to tribal elders after their conviction due to non-availability of a separate prison for females.

Asadullah Wazir, the provincial appellant attorney, told Pajhwok Afghan News there was no separate prison for women in Paktika and female convicts were handed over to tribal elders.

“Prison is a place where criminals reform themselves, but we don’t have a prison for women in the province and we transfer female criminals to tribal elders or to their families against guarantee which had no positive results.”

Yaqoub Khan, the head of a youth organization in Paktika, said female criminals remained unpunished as there was no prison for them and it was a reason behind the increase in crime ratio.

A resident of Sharan, the provincial capital, who wished to go unnamed, said his sister eloped and she was arrested. “We handed her over to the government and the government handed her over to a tribal elder.”

The tribal elder after some days tied the knot of his sister with his son. He said the government should build prisons for women where they could server their jails terms.

Women’s Affairs Director Bibi Hawa Khwashwal also confirmed there was no women’s prison in Paktika and female criminals were handed over to tribal elders.  She said: “No law allows handing over woman criminals to tribal elders.”

The attorney said they had no option but to hand over female convicts women to tribal elders. He admitted the handover sometimes led to moral abuse as well.

Governor’s spokesman Nabiullah Perkhel acknowledged the problem created by the non-availability of women’s prison. He said recently the governor with his private expenses rented some rooms where female convicts could be kept.

There is also no prison for men in Paktika as male prisoners are held in a government building not built as prison which lacks proper facilities.

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