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Police ignore harassment complaints: Report

AT-KABUL: Despite the approval of women and children’s harassment prohibition law by the president, there are reports of women and girls being harassed, while police ignores to listen to their complaints.

Latifa Soltani, an official of the Independent Human Rights Commission, said Monday that women and girls who refer to police to register harassment complaints, police do not meet their complaints.

She added that 85 per cent of women and children are still harassed in the society, according the commission’s latest findings.

“The survey prepared by the human rights commission, explains that only 197 of women that have been harassed, have referred to police, from whom 92 have confirmed police did not meet their complaints, because harassment is still common in Afghanistan,” Soltani said.

The commission interviewed 1,530 women in 15 provinces, and most of them have said they had been disgraced while they were outside of their houses. They have said that men try to have physical touches to them or have asked for their phone numbers.

They have said that police do not meet their complaints because they do not have evidence of harassment in hand.

But the interior ministry has said that police had investigated about women and girls’ complaints.

“When the victims of harassment refer to police to register complaints, police officers investigate the matter with all possibilities to arrest the people who harass ladies. I want the ladies to trust their police and go to police departments when they face harassments,” said interior ministry spokesman, Najib Danesh.

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