A team from the Ministry of Interior and the Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) launched a probe into an incident where a woman was allegedly lashed and beaten by some supporters of a local commander in Takhar province, in the north east of Afghanistan.
The incident took place at least two months ago, but it was reported after a video of the incident was leaked on social media.
The 22-year-old woman is a resident of Chah-e-Aab district, a remote region in Takhar. She was allegedly lashed numerous times and beaten after a verdict was passed by a kangaroo court in the area. The reason behind the verdict is not known.
“It (Chah-e-Aab district) is a secure region, but the area is a remote village and it will take some time (to fully probe the incident),” the IDLG spokesperson Munira Yusufzada said. “We will secure justice for the woman.”
“The people involved in this issue have been identified. They will be arrested soon and will be brought to justice,”Interior Ministry’s deputy spokesman Nusrat Rahimi said.
Takhar lawmakers said the incident happened in December and that some people wanted to keep it secret.
“All local government departments are active there, but I do not know why this incident remained secret and why the victim has not reported the issue to government,” Maryam Kofi, an MP from Takhar, said.
This is not the first incident of this type in the country. Similar incidents have happened in Ghor and Kabul provinces previously.