"Bacha Bazi" included in the penal code by Afghanistan government

The Afghan government has included the sexual abuse of children ‘Bacha Baazi’ crime in its revised penal code.

The Minister of Justice Abdul Basir Anwar informed regarding the inclusion of the crime in the penal code during a press conference in Kabul today.

He said the sexual abuse of children ‘Bach Baazi’ is one of the main crimes included in the revised version of the penal code.

Anwar further added that the revised law has been registered after it was passed by the cabinet of ministers and signed by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani during the period of around nine months.

The minister of justice also added that reviewing the judicial and criminal code and laws was one of the main commitments made by the government of national unity in London summit on Afghanistan.

The Afghan government for the first time finalized a law to criminalize the bullying and sexual abuse of children ‘Bacha Baazi’ late in February this year.

This comes as numerous reports emerged during the recent years regarding the worsening situation of the children subjected to abuse and bullying.