A young man from the southern province of Kandahar has accused the police in the province of beating him, forcing him to make a confession, and sexually assaulting him. Others interviewed by TOLOnews also claimed they were abused by the Kandahar police department.
The young man said that the police forced him to confess to a robbery and then sexually assaulted him.
The victim is now in Kabul to demand justice.
Meanwhile, another man said he was tortured while in police custody and his teeth were broken and now he cannot hear properly.
Police in Kandahar have denied these allegations.
Farid Ahmad is one of the young men who claims to have been tortured by the police.
He says that the police called him to the police station and kept him illegally detained for 21 days.
Farid Ahmad claims that the police asked him to say that he had gone to the police station to steal, but when he refused to do so, several members of the police in the PD15 police station sexually assaulted him.
“They tortured me 17 to 18 times, then they (police members) said that he can't accept this—the head of the police station was also sitting there—one of his guards was named Haji Khan—there was also another commander—at around 2:00pm, these people sexually assaulted me,” said Farid Ahmad.
Shekib, who had once served in the NDS office in Kandahar, also accused police in PD15 of Kandahar of torture.
“They hit me in the face with a gun ... my head was broken and 8 teeth, they tortured me harshly. Later on they transferred me to the police headquarters—there each one of them slapped me 40 times each—now I can't hear properly,” said Shekib.
The victim said that the chief of police in PD15, who is named Hazratullah, forced Farid Ahmad through torture to accuse several other people of robbery.
“They tortured me in the police station, they had no right to keep me for 22 days in a room without any resources,” said Mohammad Qasim, a resident of Kandahar who is now in Kabul for justice.
“They kept us inside the container for hours, they did not give us a piece of bread, the weather was very warm and there was no drinking water,” said Hazrat, a resident in Kandahar who is now in Kabul seeking justice.
“If the president and Amrullah Saleh do not hear my voice, then I do not have an option except to join the Taliban or commit suicide,” said Farid Ahmad.
“Saleh and Ashraf Ghani need to hear our voice,” said Shekib.
“Recently seven people were arrested by the police in PD15 on charges of smuggling—they were introduced to the legal and judicial institutions,” said Jamal Barakzai, a spokesman for the Kandahar police.