Daikundi, April 29 — People of Daikundi, Hazaristan protested the area’s Judge of the Civil Court, Ishaq Sherzad, who was beaten a couple of weeks ago for corruption.
Protesters said Sherzad is has raped a young girl and demands bribe money from people.
Protesters also criticized Karzai’s Government for lack of development projects in their province. They were chanting slogans and holding banners against the biased attitude of the Government, saying there is not an inch of paved road in their Province, despite being more peaceful than other provinces with big-budget projects.
Last week, Daikundi’s governor Mr. Uruzgani ordered the arrest of some people allegedly involved in the beating of the judge. For the last two days, the wives of these men and many other women have been protesting in front of the Civil Court against the arrests.
Protesters said that their pleas to remove the judge had gone unanswered. Finally, on April 4, more than 2,500 people stormed the Civil Court and smashed its doors.
Mr. Sherzad was hiding inside the toilet, but was dragged out and beaten by the protesters. The angry protesters stopped the Provincial Police Chief and his personnel from interfering. The judge was knocked unconscious.
Corruption and bribe-taking are rampant in Afghanistan. This protest is part of the several taking place lately by the people in various parts of the country.
Uneven allocation of development funds has caused agitation among the masses, who see not substantial improvement int heir lives after the ouster of the Taliban.