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On Friday, local officials in northern Kunduz province said a 10-year-old girl was raped by a mullah in a garden in the capital of the province two days ago.

The girl has been taken to a hospital in Kunduz city and mullah Aminullah was arrested.

The victim’s family sent her to learn how to read and recite the Quran from Mullah Aminullah.

The girl was weeping while explaining how it unfolded.

“[He] forcefully took me outside of the mosque and tied my hands, legs and mouth,” she cried. “I was yelling ‘be afraid of God,’ he continued to rape me.”

As she was crying reliving the rape, she said that at the end of the incident mullah Aminullah threatened her saying, “if you tell your family about this, I will kill them.”

The victim’s mother said she sent her daughter to the mosque to receive a religious study. She added that mullah Aminullah arrived to their village two months ago.

Officials at the governmental hospital in Kunduz confirmed that the girl was raped.

The tragic incident has followed major condemnations; Kunduz Provincial Women Affairs Department head, Nadira Giya, has asked the legal and judicial branches to severely punish the rapist.

“Those who were involved in this should be punished to serve as a lesson for others,” Giya said.

Just last week, a man named Sayed Ahmad had his ears and nose cut off by relatives in northern Baghlan province after he reportedly raped his young female cousin.

Ahmad’s aunt said that he raped her daughter three months ago. She said her and her husband were the ones who severed his ears and nose as punishment. They have both been taken into custody by provincial police.

KUNDUZ, Afghanistan — It was bad enough that the alleged rape took place in the sanctity of a mosque, and that the accused man was a mullah who invoked the familiar defense that it had been consensual sex.

But the victim was only 10 years old. And there was more: The authorities said her family members openly planned to carry out an “honor killing” in the case — against the young girl. The mullah offered to marry his victim instead.

This past week, the awful matter became even worse. On Tuesday, local policemen removed the girl from the shelter that had given her refuge and returned her to her family, despite complaints from women’s activists that she was likely to be killed.


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