Sunday, October 26, 2014

Afghan cleric jailed for 20 years for raping 11-year-old girl

He should've been hanged, not jailed.
(SMH) An Afghan cleric has been jailed for raping an 11-year old girl, after the child confronted her attacker in court despite fierce family opposition.

The 20-year sentence was passed by a court in Kabul on Saturday, and came just weeks after five men were hanged for the gang-rape of four adult women.

Activists say the girl had been taken to a women's shelter for safety after members of her family threatened to kill her for bringing "dishonour" on them.

The Women for Afghan Women says the girl was raped in May by Mohammad Aminullah Barez, a mullah who taught religious studies at her mosque school.