Raped while reporting rape
LONDON: A young Afghan woman who went to the police station to report being raped was reportedly raped instead by the district police commissioner in his office.
The 18-year-old, who gave her name as Mariam, was taken at gunpoint from her house in the Zareh district in northern Afghanistan in early July.
The man took her to a house on the same street where he and another man raped her, she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by phone.
“When I went with my father to report the rape case, the police commissioner ordered my father to wait outside, and took me into his office where he also raped me,” said Mariam.
After raping her, he warned her to “keep her mouth shut” or she would be killed, Mariam said by phone from Kabul where she is staying with her father.
Research indicates that more than eight in 10 women in Afghanistan have been sexually, physically or psychologically abused, but only a few thousand cases are reported each year. – Reuters