Observers confirm sexual abuse
Doctors and activists in Pakistan and Afghanistan have medically confirmed that such abuse occurs.
“We have examined at least five teenage boys … who were sexually abused by the Taliban in South Waziristan,” Dr. Muhammad Hashim at the Khalifa Gul Nawaz Teaching Hospital in Bannu District, told Central Asia Online.
The boys escaped from Taliban captivity and told authorities that militants molested them, Hashim said. Mustafa Gul, a teacher at the Forensic Science Department of Khyber Medical College Peshawar, also has worked with young men abused by the Taliban.
“We’ve had … 27 sexual assault cases involving boys since January 1,” Gul told Central Asia Online. “Five Taliban were involved,” he said, though he provided no information about whether the militants will face sex abuse charges if they are caught.
The militants often kidnap impoverished boys who are susceptible to being preyed upon, Khalid Khan, a special branch police officer, told Central Asia Online, noting that several boys who escaped Taliban training centres in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) told investigators that they were abused and that their parents could not do anything.