5-Year-Old Girl Raped in Baghlan, Family Demands Justice

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The family of a five-year-old girl who was allegedly raped by relatives of her sister’s fiancé on Monday appealed to government to see that justice is served.

The incident happened in Baghlan-e-Markazi district of northern Baghlan province.

Relatives of the older sister’s fiancé have been accused of the crime which reportedly happened after the sister broke off her engagement and ran off with another man.

“They came and asked us to give us our daughter, (they said it was) because our older daughter ran away; they came and took my small daughter with force and put her into a car. Those who came included four old men and some women. Then they returned her to us after she became ill, but wherever I go, no one listens to me,” said the victim’s mother.

The girl was kept in the house of the former fiancé for fifteen days and was allegedly raped several times.

“They took me in place of my sister, they brought two cars and there were men and women. I cried on the way to their home, then I escaped, I was very frightened and now I feel pain all over my body,” said the victim.

Meanwhile the victim’s father has called for the alleged rapists to be arrested and prosecuted.

“My daughter was sexually abused; I was not at home when they came and took her; this is called robbery, what should I do,” said the victim’s father.

In addition to this, the Baghlan women’s affairs department has confirmed the incident.

“The powerful men took the girl from her home on the basis of the problems they had; they kept her for fifteen days; the girl has suffered a lot of pain, but no institution so far has helped them,” said Khadija Yaqin, head of Baghlan Women’s Affairs Department.

Baghlan security officials have not yet commented on the issue.

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