Monday, February 11, 2013

Afghan Boy, 13, Jailed For Sex With Two Adult Men

According to Human Rights Watch (HRW), a 13-year-old boy who had sex in a public park in Herat, Afghanistan with two adult males will spend a year in juvenile detention. Although the two men were also arrested, there's no word on what happened to them, which means they probably walked free.

HRW wants the 'abusers' to be punished, and for the boy to be released, but since the kid claims it was consensual, it's a no go. Consensual or not, HRW considers it rape.

"When a man has sex with a 13-year-old child, the child is a victim of rape, not a criminal offender," Brad Adams, Asia director at HRW, said in a statement.
"The Afghan government should never have victimised this boy a second time, but instead should have released him immediately with urgent protection and assistance."

Although pederasty (man-boy love) is banned in Afghanistan, it is quite prevalent, as is bacha bazi, the popular entertainment whereby boys get to dance in front of groups of lecherous men- dressed up as girls- with the possibility of sex afterwards.

Apparently, 'there is no age of consent for sex under Afghan law', and so people are charged for "moral crimes" for sex outside of marriage. It appears they're more concerned about people engaging in sex out-of-wedlock than pedophiles targeting young boys.

I suppose a year isn't so bad considering homosexuals are usually executed, but I wonder what the punishment would have been had it been a woman. Jail for years, a good flogging, stoning to death?

What a screwed up culture.

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