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Over 2,700 cases of violence against women recorded this year: AIHRC

Over 2,700 cases of violence against women recorded this year: AIHRC

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Nov 23, 2019 - 19:33

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Afghanistaninfo-icon Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) says its findings show violence against womeninfo-icon has increased by nine percent in the country, compared to the past solar yearinfo-icon.

AIHRC presented a seven-month report about violence against women today, on November 23, the International Day for Eliminating Violence against Women in Kabul.

ShabnamSalehi, a commissioner of AIHRC, told today’s conference that the commission has so far recorded 2,762 cases of violence against women.

She said more than 97 percent of these cases were related to domestic violence while the rest to harassmentin streets, workplace, schools, universities, hospitals, detention centers and jails.

Salehi said AIHRC findings showed the types of violence included physical, sexual, economic, linguistic, mental and others, but only sexual harassment reduced.

She added 123 cases of sexual harassment were recorded during the last seven months of the ongoing solar year, compared to 128 cases during the same period last year.

Sexual assault, sexual insult, forced child abortion, forced sexual relations with spouse and forced prostitution were types of sexual violence.

According to AIHRC, 1,041 cases of mental and linguistic violence, 861 cases of physical violence, 485 cases of economic violence, 123 cases of sexual violence and 225 cases of other types of violence have been recorded during the ongoing year.

The commission says 30 of the cases include murder, 71 injuries, seven immolations, eight forced work and one removal of body part.

The commission says last year, 900 cases of linguistic and mental violence, 820 cases of physical violence, 377 cases of economic violence, 128 cases of sexual violence and 311 cases of other types of violence were recorded.

ShabnamSalehi said outdated traditions, forcing into using drugs, lack of access to healthinfo-icon services, giving no right to choose partner, preventing from educationinfo-icon, polygamy and preventing women from visiting relatives were other types of violence against women.

She said 164 of these cases have been resolved through mediation, 530 cases referred to attorneys, 420 cases to police, 263 to courts and 227 to other government organs, 49 women were sent to shelter houses and the rest cases referred to legal departments.

Police responded to 270 cases and referred them to attorney offices, perpetrators of 150 cases are under police chase and attorney offices have resolved 110 cases, investigations regarding 230 cases have been completed and referred to courts and the rest others are under process, she said.

She added more than 37 percent of women were left with their fateunknown, over 14 percent were forced to get divorce, over eight percent got mental illness, over six percent forced to leave their homes, nearly two percent attempted self-immolation and one percent attempted suicide and forced to leave their work.

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