MAIMANA (Pajhwok): A 16-year-old girl has been sexually assaulted before being killed in the Balcharagh district of northwestern Faryab provincePolice spokesman Abdul Karim Yurash told Pajhwok Afghan News that Hafeeza, 16, was raped by unknown assailants before being strangulated to death with her shawl on Sunday evening.
Sameer Inayat, a doctor at the forensic department, confirmed the girl was sexually assaulted before being killed.
The victim’s mother, screaming and yelling, accused her neighbours Ali Mohammad and Ibrahim of raping and killing her daughter.
She said her daughter had gone to the cowshed to feed sheep and cows. The girl was subjected to sexual assault by the two men, the woman added.
“It got late but she did not come back. We searched the house of our neighbours. Ali’s mother told me to search her in the cowshed, where we found her body.”
She said Ibrahim had been arrested while Ali managed to flee. She asked the government to hand the accused over to her family, which would burn them alive.
Mohammad Azam, a relative of the slain girl, said Hafeeza’s family had no enmity with anyone and her father had gone to Iran for work. After hearing about her daughter’s killing, he has returned home.
Syed Hafeezullah Fitrat, head of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) for Faryab, asked security institutions to arrest the second man involved in the inhuman act. He linked such incidents to growing poverty, economic tensions, lack of awareness about laws and Islamic teachings, costly weddings and leniency shown to criminals.