Raped while re­port­ing rape

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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

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