Violence against women up in western zone
HERAT CITY (PAN): Incidents of violence of violence against women in the western zone increased by 10 percent, with 194 cases registered since March 21, a human rights activist official said on Tuesday.
Syed Abdul Qadir Rahimi told a news conference in Herat City the incidents included murder, suicide and beatings. Over the past three months, compared the corresponding period last year, violence against women has seen a 10 percent rise.
He said that 16 murder, 10 of self-immolation, 18 suicide, six rape, 14 elopement, 105 beating and 25 forced marriage cases were reported over the past quarter of a year.
Rahimi listed the absence of prosecution, poverty and lack of awareness about human rights, particularly in rural areas, as major reasons behind the rising level of violence against females.
A recent report from IHRC spoke of 39,000 cases of violence against women over the past nine years, including forced marriage, murder, self-immolation, beating and the use of girls as a dispute-settling mechanism.
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