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Afghan mullah jailed for rape of 10-year-old girl

An Afghan court has sentenced a mullah to 20 years in prison after finding the religious teacher guilty of raping a 10-year-old girl.

The sentence, passed by a Kabul judge on Saturday, has been welcomed by family as well as women’s support groups as a rare victory in their fight for justice for female victims of sex crimes.

The rape took place in May in the girl’s home village in Kunduz province.

Kunduz police spokesman Sayed Sarwar Hussaini said his colleagues were shocked at first to hear the story but acted immediately to apprehend the mullah. “We sent a police unit to make the arrest, and we caught mullah Mohammad Amin while he was trying to flee,” he said.

The crime occurred after the mullah chose three girls to help clean the village mosque. Two escaped when they discovered his intentions but the victim fell into a nearby stream while trying to flee and Amin took her back to the mosque where he raped her.

“We welcome the decision by the judge as that is the maximum punishment he could be given according to our country’s law,” said Mohammad Rasoul, the girl’s uncle.


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