Australian woman "sexually assaulted in Afghanistan by a governor who told her that she and her husband had to sleep in separate rooms during Ramadan"
- The Australian woman was allegedly attacked in a remote part of Afghanistan
- According to local media, a district governor was dropped on charges
- He reportedly went into the woman's room and sexually abused her
- He reportedly told her earlier that she and her husband had to sleep in separate rooms
- Local authorities are currently investigating the alleged incident
An Afghan district governor was deposed on charges of sexually assaulting an Australian woman in a remote part of the country.
The investigation is ongoing after district governor Abdul Maruf Khairkhwa reportedly sexually assaulted the woman shortly after arriving in the remote Wakhan district in northern Badakhshan province.
It is believed that the governor told the couple that they had to sleep in separate rooms during Ramadan before going into the woman's room and sexually assaulting her, the Australian reported.
An Australian woman was reportedly sexually assaulted in a remote part of Afghanistan in the last Ramadan period (archive picture)
A spokesman for the governor's office in Badakhshan confirmed to local media that three weeks ago they received a letter of complaint from the victim, which was also sent to the border police.
He told the Khaama Press news agency that the provincial government had appointed a delegation to investigate the matter and vowed to report its results to the media after the investigation was completed.
He added that the government had suspended Mr. Khairkhwa until the delegation completed its investigation.
The incident allegedly happened in Wakhan District, a remote part of Afghanistan
No further details of the alleged attack were reported.
The Afghan Interior Ministry said an investigation was underway.
"This case is under serious investigation in the province and we are also pursuing it," said spokesman Nasrat Rahimi.
The Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission has called for a thorough investigation.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade announced that Australian consular support was being offered to Australian citizens who requested it but did not comment on the specific case.
The remote district of Wakhan in Afghanistan separates Tajikistan from Pakistan
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