Female activist Zulya Rahmatova has called on the Tajik authorities to toughen punishment for sexual violence against children.  

In her post on Facebook, Zulya Rahmatova asks President Emomali Rahmon and Dushanbe Mayor Rustam Emomali to facilitate toughening of the country’s law against pedophiles

She posted a video message by parents of a 4-year-old girl from Tursunzoda, who was raped by her uncle on her Facebook page.    

“I ask the whole community to rise up and protect our children!  I ask all lawyers, journalists, parliamentarians and activists to write to our president,” the activist says in another post.  

It is not the first case of sexual violence against children reported in the country in recent months, and not the first case, when the law enforcement authorities do not bring the criminal to justice, but, on the contrary, blame the victim for what happened.