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Daikundi records 30pc rise in violence against women

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Daikundi records 30pc rise in violence against women

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Sep 14, 2019 - 17:47

NEILI (Pajhwok): Local officials say violence against womeninfo-icon recorded a 30 percent increase during the first six months of the ongoing solar yearinfo-icon in central Daikundi province.

Figures provided by the Daikundi Women Affairs Department show that 106 cases of violence against women were registered during the first six months of the ongoing 1398 solar year.

The department says these cases include beatings, sexual assaults, forced marriages, exchange marriages, Baad marriages and others.

Victims of the violence

Qamar Gul, 35, a resident of Kiti district of Daikundi, talking to Pajhwok Afghan News, said, “My husband is addicted to drugs, he beats me when he runs out of narcotics or have no money.”

Pointing to the signs of torture on her body, she said, “Besides beating me, he also does not provide me daily expense, I am living with him because of our six children.”

Firozan, 37, a resident of Neili city, said she was married 10 years ago and her husband later married a second woman. She said her husband physically harassed her for years since his second marriage.

“My life was ruined after my husband married a second wife. He provides us expenses whenever he likes, otherwise he does not care about us, when I ask him for something to bring, he assaults me and pulls my hairs,” she said.

About the reason why his husband married another woman, she said, “I have six daughters and lately gave birth to a son, my mother-in-law encouraged my husband to get another wife, I have no problem with his second wife but I want him to give me my expenses and not harass me.”

Not only in Daikundi, but women in other parts of the country have been faceing similar fate from centuries.

Ziba, 16, a resident of Khairkhana area of Kabulinfo-icon city, said she was forcibly married two years ago to a businessperson who was then 40 years old.

She said her husband who had another wife as well was killed in an incident two months ago and his second wife expelled her from her spouse’s home and currently she lived in a relative’s house in Khushal Khan area.

“I cannot go to my father’s house because he will not let me in, I do not know what to do, I am waiting for someone to take me to a shelter house,” she said.

Why women are subjected to violence?

Women rights experts have different views about violence against women.

Ruqia Rasikh, a women’s rights activist in Daikundi, expressed concern over the increasing violence against the gender in the province.

“The level of literacy in our societyinfo-icon is very low while violence against women is very high, women cannot complain to courts their problems due to our wrong traditions,” she said.

Laila Hussaini, a civil society activist and a women rights activist in Daikundi, said, “Unfortunately the violence against women is on the increase in districts of this province,”

She said there were many examples of forced marriages, child marriages and exchange marriages in remote areas of Daikundi.

In remote areas, women do hard labor the same as men and they are still not treated good, she said.

Shahla, a law lecturer in Kabul University, said that poverty, bad cultures, illiteracy, low awareness about women’s rights were main reasons of violence against women.

“Lack of punishment for perpetrators of violence and law enforcement are other factors of violence,” she said.

Solutions

Shahla said besides increasing public awareness programs about women rights in Islam, there was also need for enforcing laws and punishing perpetrators of the violence.

Latifa Sultani, a commissioner of Afghanistaninfo-icon Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC), said the problem of violence against women would not be solved until the perpetrators were punished.

She said around 5,000 cases of violence against women were registered with the commission annually and most of the cases were about physical harassments.

Responses of officials concerned

Benazir Jaafari, acting Daikunid Women Affairs director, was also worried about the increased violence.

She said 106 cases of violence against women were registered in the province in the first six months of ongoing solar year.

She said 50 percent of the cases were about physical violence. She said that only 109 cases of the violence were registered in the entire last year.

Jaafari said the number of cases would possibly increase significantly until the end of ongoing year.

She said poverty, joblessness, low awareness about women’s rights, illiteracy, addiction and some other issues were behind violence against women.

She added Daikundi Women Affairs Department had launched programs for reducing violence against women in rural areas and the department also followed cases of violence in the province’s courts.

Seventeen victims of violence who are more vulnerable are protected in shelter houses, she said.

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