241 Afghan women murdered in 2015: AIHRC report
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) has registered more than 5,100 incidents of violence against women in 2015 including 241 murders, an official said on Monday.
On the eve of March 8, the International Women’s Day, the AIHRC said the continued violence against women had a devastating impact on women’s cultural, economical and social lives.
The AIHRC statistics show 5,132 incidents of violence against the gender happened in 2015, compared to 4,873 incidents in 2014.
Regional AIHRC offices registered 241 murder cases of women in 2015 including 119 murders linked to honour killing. Back in 2014, 162 women were murdered including 92 honour killing.
Suraya Subrang, women’s rights chief at AIHRC, presented the statistics at a press conference in Kabul. She said 1,400 incidents of violence were related to physical torture in 2015.
The rest included 400 sexual attacks, 1,743 verbal clashes, 1,100 violence inked to economic issues and the remaining were physical, immolation, divorce and rejection of alimony.
Subhrang said: “Illiteracy remains the main cause behind growing incidents of violence against women. Reports show 60 percent of incidents of violence involve illiterate people.”
In addition, she said the deteriorated law and order situation, a weak government’s control in districts, culture of impunity, forgiveness, interference of powerful individuals and a lack of women’s access to justice were other factors contributing in the increasing cases of violence against women.
AIHRC submitted its suggestions on how to check the increasing violence against women. Spreading awareness about women’s social and individual rights, expansion of women related programms in the ministries of education, hajj and religious affairs, justice and higher education.
In addition, the AIHRC stressed the need for generation of job opportunities for women so they could be independent economically. The rights body called for elimination of the culture of forgiveness and sought punishment for individuals involved in crimes against women.
The commission also suggested that the Elimination of Violence against Women Law (EVAW) should be fully enforced and amendments brought to other laws of the country through which women’s rights could be protected.
Meanwhile, Chief Executive (CEO) Dr. Abdullah Abdullah told a Cabinet meeting that women could play a vital role in the country’s development. He hoped the Afghan women would be able to contribute more to the country’s political and economical development.
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