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Husband's second marriage driven Balkh mother to suicide

Husband's second marriage driven Balkh mother to suicide

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Feb 07, 2017 - 16:50

MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Local officias in northern Balkh province on Tuesday said a woman who threw her two children from the fifth floor and then jumped off hersel was driven to commit suicide by her husband's second marriage.

The incident took place three days ago in Mazar-i-Sharif after the woman came to know that her husband had married another woman in the United States.

Elimination of violence against womeninfo-icon court officials in Balkh said the man’s second marriage provoked her first wife to attempt suicide.

The woman and the children who were injured in the incident are under treatment in the Mazar-i-Sharif Civil Hospital.

The 35-year-old woman who got seriously injured is admitted to the emergency section of the hospital and cannot talk.

Mazar-i-Sharif Civil Hospital director, Dr. Shafiqullah, told Pajhwok Afghan News the woman first threw her two children, three and four years old, and then herself jumped from the fifth floor of the block they lived in.

He said the woman was seriously injured and could not speak. The children were also not in good condition but they were under intensive care, Shafiqullah said.

Abdul Jalil, brother of the injured woman, said his sister had mental healthinfo-icon issues which was the cause she jumped from the building.

A resident of Aqcha district of Jawzjan province, Jalil said his brother-in-law was driving a taxi in the US to support his family.

“My sister attempted the same thing once she was in Kabulinfo-icon,” he said, adding that there was no domestic violence behind the incident.

However, Fawzia Hamidi, a prosecutor at the elimination of violence against woman court, said that domestic violence was major cause of the incident.

“Our investigations show that the husband’s second marriage forced the woman to commit suicide and kill her children,” she said.

She added the husband was living in the US from the past 12 years and had married a second woman there.

His first wife back in Afghanistaninfo-icon had several times tried to talk with her husband on the telephone, but he did not respond, an issue that forced the woman to take the extreme step, Hamidi said.

Provincial women’s affairs department officials said most such incidents resulted from domestic violence in Balkh this year.

Shahla Hadid, Balkh Women’s Affairs director, said that 345 cases of violence against women had been registered this year.

Besides the government, civil societyinfo-icon and tribal elders should struggle for elimination of domestic violence in the society, she said.

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