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Violence against women to fall if perpetrators punished: Abdullah

Violence against women to fall if perpetrators punished: Abdullah

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Dec 10, 2019 - 18:31

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Ending a 16-day campaign for elimination of violence against womeninfo-icon, participants of a ceremony in Kabul on Tuesday said that the end of the drive should be the beginning of a new fight against those committing violence against the gender.

Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, a presidential candidate and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the government, also attended the ceremony and said violence against women would be decreased if its perpetrators were arrested and punished.

He said the end of the 16-day campaign should be the beginning of a new fight against those who committed violence against women.

Without giving details, Abdullah said shocking incidents of violence against women happened during the 16-day campaign and the cases should be followed by judiciary and criminal organs and those involved should be punished.

“The increased figures of violence against women do not mean increase in violence, but the reason is that such cases could no longer be hidden. It was a culture in the past to tolerate this brutality,” he said.

Delbar Nazari, women affairs minister, endorsed Abdullah’s statements and said that judiciary and criminal organs should punish perpetrators of violence against women based on the law.

She said insecurity, poverty, illiteracy and negative traditions in societyinfo-icon were reasons behind crimes against women.

Nazari said visiting women prisoners in Kabul, Paktia and Nangarhar provinces, distribution of healthinfo-icon packages to women inmates, caring for begging women, printing 4,000 broachers, magazines and messages were part of the ministry’s activities during the 16-day campaign.

Dewa Samad, deputy public health minister, who was also present in the meeting, said that violence against women existed all over the worldinfo-icon that led to murder, self-immolation, suicide and losing mental health.

She said the ministry provided free of cost health services to women in 31 healthcare centers in 22 provinces during the campaign.

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