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Minority women want govt to solve their problems

Minority women want govt to solve their problems

Mar 09, 2011 - 19:26

JALALABAD (PANinfo-icon): A group of Sikh and Hindu womeninfo-icon in eastern Nangarhar alleged on Wednesday the Afghan government was doing nothing to resolve their problems.

The complaint came at a gathering marking International Women's Day in Jalalabad, the provincial capital. The gathering was organised by the Department of Youth Affairs at the governor's office.

Mankoor, the group leader, said her husband, a police officer, was killed 20 years ago. "I have since been taking care of my family, facing a host of problems," she said.

A hundred Sikh and Hindu women from 40 families have not been provided any assistance by the government, she complained.

"Our children are receiving educationinfo-icon in private schools inside a temple; the government is yet to establish schools for them," she said.

Mankoor added their children did not go to government-run schools, where they were teased by Muslim students -- a major reason behind a high dropout rate among minority children.

In his remarks, Governor Gul Agha Sherzai said a seminar would be arranged soon to discuss efforts at eliminating violence against women. He said educated women could find jobs in every department through the service reforms commission.



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