Ghazni records 70 cases of violence on women
The cases included torture and forced marriages taking place in districts and the provincial capital Ghazni City, Shukuria Wali, the women's affairs director, told a gathering marking the international women's day.
She said most of the incidents involved Afghan men who got addicted to drugs while working in Iran. She claimed some women had approached her department seeking divorce from their spouses who had returned from the nighbouring country.
"Women in remote districts are facing the worst kind of violence against them because of widespread illiteracy," she said, urging religious scholars to play their role in stemming the growing violent acts against the gender.
Deputy governor Mohammad Ali said education was the only way out to overcome violence against women, insisting the government had prioritised women education to help them know their rights. "If we educate men and women, the problem of violence will reduce itself,” he said.
Zolina, a victim, said her husband, who had recently returned from Iran, used to beat her up on a daily basis. The Ghazni City resident added her husband was jobless and had developed the habit of taking drugs in Iran. She appealed to the government to identify such men and engage them in constructive activities.
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