Incidents of violence on women decrease in Sar-i-Pul
SAR-I-PULCITY(PAN): About 78 incidents of violence against women were registered with the authorities in northern Sar-i-Pul province during the ongoing Afghan year, which ends March 21, an official said on Wednesday.
There were 116 such incidents last year, provincial women's affairs department head, Nasima Arzo, told a press conference.
The incidents that happened this year included a murder, sexual abuse incident, one runaway, 28 incidents of domestic violence and others, she said.
The drop in violence on women was due to their participation in tailoring courses, vocational trainings, embroidery, carpet-weaving and others conducted by the women's affairs department, she said.
However, Arzo said, lack of access to education, unawareness about their rights and no attention to their issues and economic problems by the government were factors contributing to violence against women.
"On March 8, a woman with her four-month-old child came to the women department, complaining her husband is not taking care of her," the official said.
She said some programmes aimed at creating awareness about violence against women were underway in the province and asked ulema and tribal elders to cooperate with her department in making the programmes a success.
"If the law prohibiting violence against women is implemented and such cases are investigated, it will help improve the situation," Sayed Ahmad Samee, the regional head of Afghanistan's Independent Human Rights Commission, said.
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