October 01, 2014

Child beggars sexually abused in capital Kabul

By Sajad - Thu May 17 2012, 9:15 am

According to Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission officials, a number of rape cases against the young Afghan kids who are begging in the streets of capital Kabul have been noticed.

Parveen Rahimi head of the women’s rights support and development at the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission quoted by a local Radio Station ‘Radio Azadi’ said majority of the kids who are begging in the streets have been forced by their families.

However Parveen Rahimi said there is not an exact statistics to show the number of kids who have been raped.

She said, “The issue is not related only to female Afghan kids but the Afghan boys who are younger in age and are begging in the streets have been raped in a number of cases, the kids are being touched by the shopkeepers.”

She also said two Afghan female kids were sexually abused for more than a week in a central province of Afghanistan after they were offered lunch by the rapists.

The exact number of beggars in capital Kabul is not known yet however a survey carried out by UNICEF in 2006 showed that more than 37,000 Afghan kids were begging in the streets of capital Kabul.

In the meantime officials in the ministry of labor and social affairs of Afghanistan said it is the responsibility of the Red Crescent Office to collect the young beggars.

Deputy of the ministry of labor and social affairs of Afghanistan Wasil Mohmand quoted by Radio Azadi said they are struggling to pave the way for training and education of the young beggars based on their new strategy.

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