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Sar-i-Pul girl commits suicide to avoid forced marriage

Sar-i-Pul girl commits suicide to avoid forced marriage

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Jan 16, 2017 - 20:02

SAR-I-PUL (Pajhwok): A 19 year-old-girl has committed suicide by hanging herself to death to avoid forced marriage and family violence in Sancharak district of northern Sar-i-Pul province, an official said on Monday.

The governor’s spokesman, Zabihullah Amani, told Pajhwok Afghan News the girl, Gul Rukh, took the extreme step in Archato village of the district.

Father of the girl, Niaz Murad had been arrested by police, Amani said, quoting the girl’s mother as saying her husband wanted to forcibly marry her to a man.

Womeninfo-icon’s affairs director Nasima Arzo also confirmed the incident and said cultural restrictions did not allow the youth to make decisions about their lives. “The youth are not allowed to decide about their marriages. That’s why they take such extreme steps.”

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