February 07, 2018

Taliban militants accused of sexual abuse of a child in Uruzgan province

By Khaama Press - Tue Sep 12 2017, 10:12 am

The Taliban insurgents have once again been accused of sexually abusing a minor child in southern Uruzgan province of Afghanistan as the group claims the rumors are being spread in the area with an aim to defame their armed insurgency.

The latest incident involving the sexual abuse of a minor boy has reportedly taken place in the vicinity of Chora district, one of the remote and restive districts of Uruzgan province.

Reports regarding the alleged abuse of the boy comes amid deteriorating security in the southern parts of the country with the rampant Taliban-led insurgency.

However, a spokesman for the Taliban group Qari Yousuf Ahmadi dismissed the reports as baseless and an effort to defame the group through propaganda means.

Qari Ahmadi in a statement said the group is aware regarding the allegations involving four Taliban insurgents who were caught red handed while abusing the child.

However, he rejected the reports suggesting that a court was organized to try those involved in the incident.

The Taliban spokesman further claimed that the group’s fighters are clean and are committed to their sacred duty to waging the holy war.

This is not the first time reports have emerged regarding the involvement of the Taliban insurgents in sexual abuse and rape of children as well young men in their ranks.

But numerous such reports have emerged in the past including a serious allegation against the group during the brief take over the strategic Kunduz city where some Taliban insurgents reportedly raped the hostel students, a report which was later rejected by the Taliban group.

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