Violence against women up by 10pc in Daikundi
NEILI (Pajhwok): More than 250 incidents of violence against women happened last year in central Daiknudi province, where females are still facing different types of abuse, said an official of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) on Thursday.
Mohammad Jawad Dadgar, provincial head of the AIHRC, told Pajhwok Afghan News in an exclusive interview that statistics indicated a 10 percent surge in incidents of violence against women in the last solar year.
He said of the total 254 cases of violence against women, 80 percent were incidents of physical beatings. He expressed concern suicides committed by women, saying the AIHRC had registered 60 suicide cases in Daikundi last year.
Dadgar characterized male superiority and poverty as main reasons behind the growing incidents of violence against women, saying 18 cases of elopement were registered last year. Women in far-flung areas are forced to work on farms and look after livestock -- hard labour for females.
Given their physical weakness, the rights campaigner explained, women were unable to do such work. Dadgar expressed apprehension over the situation, urging the authorities concerned to take immediate remedial measures.
Separately, the Women Affairs Department registered 150 incidents of violence against women in Daikundi. However, it is not known whether or not these cases have also been shared with the AIHRC.
Rahmatullah Shariati, a civil society activist, claimed public confidence in the judiciary had declined. Most perpetrators of violence against women went scot-free and that was why people did not take their cases to courts, he argued.
Nasiba, aa resident of Daikundi, believed the situation of women was far from satisfactory. Women in the province were considered inferior, she complained. “I know qualified women who have been deprived of their right to work.”
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