Kabul Protesters demand justice in memory of 16 year old Girl killed in Bamyan province
Wed Aug 01, 1:45 pm
Hundreds of college students and civil activists protested in Kabul on Tuesday against the lack of criminal investigations to bring to justice the killer of a 16 year old Bamyan girl named Shakila.
The 16 year old girl was killed under mysterious circumstances in the house of Saied Wahid Behishtee, one of the provincial council members, about 6 months ago in Bamyan Province.
Protestors allege that the girl was forcibly raped and then murdered. They walked through the grounds of Kabul University, and said that they supported demands from the Human Rights Independent Commission and members of the National Assembly to demand that public officials must urgently deal with her rape and murder case in Kabul City.
The protestors claimed that killer is a local powerful provincial figure and that officials are ignoring the death of the girl by postponing prosecution of those responsible for her murder.
Shakilla’s brother was among the protestors and said, “The local officials in Bamyan do not want to investigate and follow up her case and have not done any research or proper investigation.”
Protestors demanded that the Afghan government, especially Afghan security forces, must do more to prevent violence against women throughout the country.
The current protests follow earlier protests held by civil activists in Bamyan province.
The current issue has been a hot topic not only on college campuses and elsewhere in society but also in the social network websites such as Facebook. Some Facebook users have held huge on-line campaigns in order to make others aware of the Shakilla murder case.