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The level of violence has increased by 30 percent in 2013 compared to the previous year, the commission says
By Sohaila Weda Khamosh
An alarming 40,000 case of violence against women has been recorded by the AIHRC (Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission) since it was established in 2002. The attackers in a majority of cases are the men in their families.
The AIHRC is conducting a national inquiry into violence against women, the results of which will be published this year. With specialist women’s rights units and staff in all its provincial and regional offices and nationally, it has been investigating and reporting regularly on the situation of women.
The level of violence has increased by 30 percent in 2013 compared to the previous year, the commission says. But this may only be the tip of the iceberg. Most Afghan women are not allowed to leave the confines of their homes without a male escort.
Some of the crimes against women in the past year (the Afghan new year began on Mar 21, 2013) include:
Freshta’s husband cut her throat with a razor in Kabul
Assassination of Hanifa Safi, head of the women’s department in Laghman
Desert trial of Najiba in Ghorband district, Parwan
Kalsoom was kept prisoner in her house in Badakhshan, and tortured
Murder of a young girl in KunduzAbduction of two young girls in Baghlan
Cutting off of tongue and finger of a young women by her husband in Herat
Murder of a woman for giving birth to a girl for the third time in Kunduz