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False accusers to be dealt with harshly, says Danish

False accusers to be dealt with harshly, says Danish

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Jul 14, 2019 - 20:44

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Second Vice-President Mohammad Sarwar Danish on Sunday said if sexual harassment allegations against government institutions were proved, the perpetrators would be dealt with harshly otherwise false accusers would be seriously investigated.

Almost a month back, Gen. Habibullah Ahmadzai, a former special advisor to President Ashraf Ghani on national security, during an interview with a television channel had said he resigned over interference in his duty, wrong interpretation of democracy and promotion of prostitution in the Presidential Palace.

He had said no advisor or minister could do their work according to their working responsibilities and circles inside the Presidential Palace were interfering in their jobs.

Later, a spokesman to the president termed allegations of Habib Ahmadzai as baseless, saying anyone having such claims should provide evidence and share it with the public.

Haroon Chakhansori, a spokesman to President Ashraf Ghani, had expressed these views while talking to media persons on May 26, 2019.

Chakhansori called Ahmadzai’s allegations as lies and personal obsessions and said the issue would be seriously investigated and its results shared with the Afghan public.

“The allegations of Ahmadzai are for seeking his own seat. After failing in Wolesi Jirga election, he again came to Presidential Palace and asked to be employed again as advisor, but he was rejected,” he had said.

“The national unity government is serious about women’s rights, allegations of Ahmadzai are insult to womeninfo-icon, no one is permitted to insult the dignity of the Afghan women, we want politicians not to confuse the public in pursuit of their personal and political interests,” he said.

He said anyone who had such claims should provide evidence and follow them with the Attorney General Office.

The BCC also made a report on the issue. Some women told the BCC that they were asked for sex in return for job despite fulfilling all legal process.

Second Vice-President Sarwar Danish today (Sunday), addressing a conference “National conference of Coordination on violence against women” once again directed the Attorney General Office (AGO) to investigate allegations against government institutions regarding sexual demand.

Danish said if these allegations were not proven, those who made the allegations would face harsh punishment.

Dilbar Nazari, Minister of Women Affairs, told the gathering that violence against women had increased. She said awareness programs had been conducted in this regard in districts and cities of the country.

Mohammad Farid, AGO head, termed today’s gathering as important and crucial and said participants of the conference had come from across the country and it would help reduce violence against women.

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