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61 women attempt suicide in Daikundi this year

61 women attempt suicide in Daikundi this year

Feb 26, 2019 - 18:34

NEILI (Pajhwok): Seventy-four cases of suicide were registered this ongoing year in central Daidkundi province, showing a 60 percent decrease, officials said on Tuesday.

Ishaq Ali Darman, the provincial Public Healthinfo-icon Department head, told Pajhwok Afghan News there were 128 suicide cases in 2018 in the province, but during the ongoing year, 74 cases have been so far recorded.

He said the 74 suicide attempts involved 61 womeninfo-icon and 13 men and resulted from family violence, forced marriage, second and third marriage, poverty, lack of access to justice, love failures and lack of safe home.

Mohammad Hussian Haidari, acting head of the provincial Independent Human Rights Commission, told Pajhwok they had registered 42 suicide cases of women, with only one losing her life in 2018.

However, he said, within two months of the ongoing year, three persons attempted to take their lives, with only one surviving.

Meanwhile, Zakia Rezaee, provincial women’s affairs department director, said: “since the beginning of ongoing year, 189 cases of violence against women have been registered with us compared to 177 last year.”

Gul Jan (fake name), who survived a suicide attemp, said his family forcibly married him.

“I was not satisfied with my family decision thus wanted to end my life, but doctors rescued me.”

Laila Hussaini, a women rights activist, told Pajhwok that the prevalence of malice, domination of patriarchal culture, poverty and unemployment were major reasons behind such incidents.

She urged the government to work for eradication of poverty and hardships the women faced.


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