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Violence cases against women up 21pc in Herat

Violence cases against women up 21pc in Herat

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Nov 25, 2019 - 21:00

HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): Violence against womeninfo-icon registered a 21 percent increase in western Herat province during the ongoing solar yearinfo-icon, an official said on Monday.

Anisa Sarwari, Women’s Affairs Director, told a gathering marking the International Day of Elimination of Violence against Women here that 801 cases of violence against women were registered this year compared to 645 cases last year.

She added more than 370 women were beaten, 114 insulted, above 60 faced domestic violence, 52 sexually abused and the rest eloped who were then denied homecoming.

She expressed her deep concern over the increases in cases of sexual abuse this year and said five to six cases of sexual abuse had been registered with them last year but this year the cases increased to 52 in the province.

Ahmad Rafi Nadari, defense lawyers’ association head and member of violence reduction commission in Herat, told the gathering that the number of violence against women cases was higher than officially recorded figures in the province.

He said most of violence cases happened in Herat City, the provincial capital, and districts. He assured women that defense lawyers would fight their cases seriously.

Sakina Hussaini, a member of the provincial council, also expressed her deep concern over the increasing cases of violence against women in Herat.

She and said women were mostly subjected to violence in rural areas and districts due to cultural barriers and lack of courts.

She and a number of other women urged the authorities concerned to take measures for reducing violence against women across the province.

Earlier in the day, Dilbar Nazari, Women’s Affairs Minister, told a gathering in Kabulinfo-icon that 6,449 cases of violence against women, including 21 murders, have been registered in Afghanistaninfo-icon this year.

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