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Boys removed from Uruzgan police checkpoints

Boys removed from Uruzgan police checkpoints

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Jul 29, 2019 - 16:25

TIRINKOT (Pajhwok): Police commanders keeping boys during duty time in central Uruzgan province have been shown the door, an official said on Monday.

Provincial police chief Col. Khitab Khanjari told Pajhwok Afghan News in an exclusive interview he had launched a drive to remove boys from check-posts and other facilities.

Since his takeover, Khanjari said, hundres of such boys had been removed from police posts and handed over to their families.

Khanjari alleged some police commanders and officers kept the boys for sodomy and sometime the yhey were forced to dance in music parties.

He said these boys were sent to beauty saloons by the police commanders. The boys were dressed and beautified like girls, the police chief added.

He said the culture of Bacha Bazi, keeping boys, had struck root in Uruzgan, like other provinces of the country.

The practice called bacha bazi (male prostitution), which had also entered police ranks, often resulted in attacks and fatalities among security personnel, he said.

Khanjari revealed at least 27 boys, nine to 13 years old, had been removed from police check-posts in the past four months and handed over to their families.

Some of these boys belonged to Helmand, most to Kandahar and some to Uruzgan provinces, the police boss said, explaining the culture of keepting boys had declined in Tirinkot’s check-posts. In the districts, however, the practice remained widespread, the police chief continued.

He said some of these bosy belonged to families that had lost their elders to war. In the absence of parental checks, there boys became vicimts of bachabazi.

He added poverty and friendship with wrong people encouraged boys to opt for the wrong practice and police checkpoints were a comfortable place for them.

Khanjari said recently a girl, who had dressed like a boy, was recovered from a police check-post and sent to a juvenile correctional centre.

Two people were arrested in connection with  the incident. He asked ulemainfo-icon to play their role in eliminating such ills from societyinfo-icon.

He said reforms were also being implemented at the police headquarters in Uruzgan, where he inherited dozens of problems from his predecessors.

He disclosed hundres of ghost policemen who regularly received salaries had been discovered and removed.

nh/mud

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