2 teenage girls commit suicide in Jawzjan, officials say
SHIBERGHAN (Pajhwok): Two teenage girls have committed suicide in northern Jawzjan province for reasons yet to be known, local officials said on Thursday.
Police said the girls were 13 and 18 years old. The 18-year-old was found dead under mysterious circumstances, but the 13-year-old had committed suicide by hanging.
Jawzjan police chief Brig. Gen. Faqir Mohammad Jawzjani told Pajhwok Afghan News the 18-year-old girl’s family had gone out of home on Wednesday and on return, they found her dying.
She was immediately shifted to hospital, but could not be saved, he added. “The cause of her death is yet to be ascertained.” Jawzjani, however, confirmed that the 13-year-old girl committed suicide on Wednesday.
The main reasons behind such incidents, he said, were family disputes, poverty and lack of awareness among families about their children’s rights.
Dr. Faridoon Habib, the public health director for Jawzjan, said the 18-year-old girl consumed something poisonous on Wednesday night before she was brought to hospital. He said the girl landed in hospital 24 hours after she had eaten poison and couldn’t be saved.
About the second girl, he said, she had clear sign of being hanged by her neck. There were no signs of violence or beatings on their bodies, he added.
Maghfirat Samimi, head of the Independent Human Rights Commission for Jawzjan, Sar-i-Pul and Faryab provinces, said it was imperative that civil society activists, religious scholars and relevant government departments work on children’s and girls’ rights. “Without efforts by the relevant departments, the situation will become worse.”
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