Suicide attempts among Herat women on the rise
HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): As many as 60 people in western Herat province have tried to commit suicide during the past three months out of which 10 persons, including five women, have been died while 50 others were rescued, an official said on Wednesday.
Mohammad Rafiq Sherzai, spokesman of Herat zonal hospital, said majority of individuals who wanted to commit suicide were women and they used poison or hanged themselves to get rid of life.
Failure in the arrest and punishment of perpetrators behind the incidents of violence, psychological problems and family disputes are considered main reasons behind surge in violence, he said.
Last year, as many as 15 incidents of suicide took place in Herat and such incident could only be registered in hospitals.
Samia Tahir, an official at the women affairs department, acknowledged incidents of suicide were on the rise in Herat. She expressed grave concern over the issue and criticized security institution for not punishing criminals and individuals involved in violence against women.
According to Tahiri, as many as 100 incidents of violence against women, including, murder, sexual attack, torture, education restriction and none payment of alimony have taken place and registered with the women affairs department since the beginning of the ongoing year.
Najiba Aziz, co-director of Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHC), said none implementation of laws contributed to surge in suicide attempts and incidents of violence against women.
“Neither majority of perpetrators of violence could be detained nor they were punished and it was the main reason behind increase in violence,” She said.
Sahar Sharifi, a resident of Herat, said there were reasons behind a suicide attempt, adding that an 18-years-old girl was married to a 50-year-old man against 600,000 afs dowry. He believed similar incidents had left negative impact in the future.
But Abdul Rauf Ahmadi, the governor’s spokesman, said police have arrested 10 to 12 individuals accused of violence against women and referred their cases to judicial organs.
Download “Pajhwok” mobile App, on your smartphone to read and access latest news, features, interviews, videos and photos about Afghanistan.