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34 women murdered in southeast this year: official

34 women murdered in southeast this year: official

Dec 14, 2016 - 21:28

GARDEZ (Pajhwok): About 285 cases of violence against womeninfo-icon including 34 murders have been registered in the southeastern zone this year, the Afghanistaninfo-icon Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) said on Wednesday.

Zarmina Shams, AIHRC provincial women’s committee head in Paktia, told a gathering marking International Human Rights Day the 34 murders included seven suicide cases and 27 honour killings.   

Shams said 109 women had attempted suicide but they were saved by family members or treated in hospitals soon after eating poison.

According to her, other cases were about beating women, denial of alimony, not allowing them to visit relatives and others.

AIHRC local office’s educationinfo-icon in-charge in Paktia, Mohammad Yousuf Malatar, told Pajhwok Afghan News the AIHRC women’s committee was making every effort at decreasing violent incidents against women.

He said nearly 3,000 persons, including women, had been trained in human rights. The trainees included civil societyinfo-icon activists, religious scholars, tribal elders, children, women and members of some institutions.

A civil society activist, Anar Gul, at the gathering said recently women had realized their rights and were trying to achieve them. Women were subjected to violence when they asked for their rights, he believed.

Last year 155 cases of violence against women were recorded in the southeastern zone encompassing Paktia, Khost, Logar and Paktika provinces.



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