Violence against women rises by 7pc in southeast
GARDEZ (Pajhwok): Incidents of violence against women increased by seven percent this solar year in southeastern provinces, the regional Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission office in Paktia province said on Monday.
Women’s affairs manager in the AIHRC regional office, Zarmina Shams, addressed a gathering regarding prevention of violence against women here.
She said 150 cases of violence against women were registered in Paktia, Khost and Paktika provinces during the first nine months of the current year, showing a seven percent increase compared to incidents taking place during the same period last year.
The incidents registered this year included 79 murders and suicides, nine rape cases, 14 economic issues and 33 cases of forced marriages, she said.
Women’s Affairs Director for Paktia Nasrin Oryakhel said violence against the gender had increased in the southeast, but women’s participation in elections and improvement in their situation in some other sectors were some of remarkable developments coming to their lives in the region.
Provincial AIHRC chief Mohammad Zahir Akbari said women’s participation in elections had increased despite many cultural barriers that still exited.
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