‘Culture invasion a big challenge to human rights’
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): ‘Substandard programmes ’ aired by television channels and mobile phone use has paved the way for women’s rights abuses in eastern Nangarhar province, civil society activists and rights officials said on Sunday.
The activists had assembled in Jalalabad, the provincial capital, to discuss issues around human rights.
Fleeing home, self-immolation, setting women afire, divorcing wives, women seeking divorces from spouses and other similar problems were discussed and called a result of ‘culture invasion.’
Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) chief for Nangarhar, Sabrina Hamidi, told Pajhwok Afghan News that ‘inappropriate’ TV programmes and telephonic contacts had resulted in an increase in cases of women running away from their families.
Himidi had no exact figures for such cases, but said almost three cases in which girls opted to flee home due to telephonic contact were reported to her department every week.
She suggested that parents should keep a ‘check’ on their children and not gave them much freedom to have access to television, radio and mobile phone.
Civil Society Groups and Human Rights Center’s Nangarhar chapter head Dr. Nimatullah Hamdard told Pajhwok Afghan News that the gathering was aimed at finding solutions to cultural issues affecting human rights.
“For resolving such issues, we plan to constitute a joint committee of civil society groups in Nangarhar and work together with the government in this regard.”
Civil society activist Hayatullah Talibzada said people in Nangarhar were mostly illiterate and they quickly adopted negative norms from drama serials.
He asked media outlets not to air programmes that brought people under influence of a foreign culture.
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