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Violence against women up in western zone

Violence against women up in western zone

Jun 12, 2012 - 20:34

HERAT CITY (PANinfo-icon): Incidents of violence of violence against womeninfo-icon in the western zone increased by 10 percent, with 194 cases registered since March 21, a human rights activist official said on Tuesday.

Last year, 605 cases of violence against women were reported from Badghis, Herat, Farah and Ghorinfo-icon provinces, the regional chief for the Afghanistaninfo-icon Independent Human Rights Commission (IHRC) said.

Syed Abdul Qadir Rahimi told a news conference in Herat City the incidents included murder, suicide and beatings. Over the past three months, compared the corresponding period last year, violence against women has seen a 10 percent rise.

He said that 16 murder, 10 of self-immolation, 18 suicide, six rape, 14 elopement, 105 beating and 25 forced marriage cases were reported over the past quarter of a year.

Rahimi listed the absence of prosecution, poverty and lack of awareness about human rights, particularly in rural areas, as major reasons behind the rising level of violence against females.

A recent report from IHRC spoke of 39,000 cases of violence against women over the past nine years, including forced marriage, murder, self-immolation, beating and the use of girls as a dispute-settling mechanism.



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