A tragic story from Afghanistan’s Tolo news channel:
On Friday, local officials in northern Kunduz province said a 10-year-old girl was raped by a mullah in a garden in the capital of the province two days ago.
The girl has been taken to a hospital in Kunduz city and mullah Aminullah was arrested.
The victim’s family sent her to learn how to read and recite the Quran from Mullah Aminullah.
The girl was weeping while explaining how it unfolded.
“[He] forcefully took me outside of the mosque and tied my hands, legs and mouth,” she cried. “I was yelling ‘be afraid of God,’ he continued to rape me.”
As she was crying reliving the rape, she said that at the end of the incident mullah Aminullah threatened her saying, “if you tell your family about this, I will kill them.”
The victim’s mother said she sent her daughter to the mosque to receive a religious study. She added that mullah Aminullah arrived to their village two months ago.
Thankfully, the free media in Afghanistan is reporting on this even if it doesn’t crack the headlines in Western news outlets. Thankfully, the two candidates in the May 28 presidential runoff — Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani — are modern men who oppose extremism and support the rights of women and children. Thankfully, Afghans showed up in droves to vote in the first round and eschewed the hardline Islamist candidates.
Unfortunately, there’s still a long way to go to fight the Talibanesque culture that allows the rape of a 10-year-old girl by a mullah to happen.