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6-year-old Afghan refugee girl stabbed to death and dipped into acid after being sexually abused in Varamin city of Iran

6-year-old Afghan refugee girl stabbed to death and dipped into acid after being sexually abused in Varamin city of Iran

On April 10, 2016, a 6-year-old Afghan refugee girl named Setayesh Quraishi went missing in Khairabad area of Varamin city in Tehran, Iran.

The girl’s family, as a result, went out for search of their daughter and distributed posters with her information on public places. No one had a clue where she was. In fact, the girl had been abducted by 17-year-old Iranian male neighbor on the stated day. The 17-year-old boy had first sexually abused the girl before stabbing her to death and dipping her into an acidic bathtub in order to get rid of any trace. The boy then informed one of his friends seeking help with removing the corpse in order to entirely get rid of the girl’s body. However, his friend, frightened and confused, discusses that with his father which further spreads the news to a community elder. After consulting with the elder, the father decides to inform the police of the incident. Afterwards, the police break into the murderer’s house and arrest him and the girl’s body is transferred to the local police headquarter at the same time. On Monday night (April 11), the girl’s family is informed of the fact that their daughter has been murdered. Then a funeral ceremony is held on April 12 and the girl’s body is buried in Khairabad local holy shrine.

The 17-year-old murderer is now under the police custody. The victim’s family has not decided to hire a lawyer to follow up the case. However, they are seriously concerned about the fate of the case.

Given the nationality of the victim (Afghan) and consecutive violations of human rights in Iran against Afghan refugees, it is highly probable that the case will be neglected by security and judicial officials of Iran. Thus, the Afghan community demands that relevant international human-rights organizations ensure that Setayesh’s case is carefully examined and justice is fully applied. Furthermore, the Afghan community asks all independent news/media groups to cover the case in a bid to help bring the criminal to justice.

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