190 women killed in first half of this year
KABUL (Pajhwok): At least 190 women were killed during the first half of the ongoing solar year and most of the killers remained at large, the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) said on Wednesday.
The rights body has registered as many as 2,600 incidents of violence against the gender during the first six months of the year that ends on March 21.
The commission said most of the murderers had managed to escape or could not be punished for the crimes they had committed.
The incidents included 900 verbal or psychological abuses, 550 incidents had economic reasons, 186 sexual attacks, 70 physical tortures and the remaining were elopement, divorce, denial of alimony and others.
The AIHRC issued the figures on the occasion of International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
Qadria Yazdan Parast, women’s branch chief at the commission, told reporters 2,600 incidents of violence against women took place during the first six months of the ongoing year.
She said during the same period last year 2,400 incidents of violence against the gender had taken place.
She said the commission paid special attention to murders and this year 190 cases of murders took place.
She said 51 murderers had been detained but the rest either remained at large or could not be prosecuted till a conclusion.
The AIHRC official said the murders involved husbands, in-laws, relatives or militants. She said people were getting armed in far-flung areas which was a challenge for women to deal with.
AIHRC spokesman Rafiullah Baidar said most incidents of violence against women resulted from traditional norms which had roots in society. He cited injustices, lack of awareness about legal rights and a weak law and order other factors contributing to the phenomenon.
He said insecurity, illegal armed groups and a lack of judiciary’s interest in resolving and addressing violent issues were the main causes behind the increasing violence against women.
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