Violence against women on rise

The Ministry of Women Affairs has said that 51 severe cases of violence against women have been filed in ten provinces of the country in 1398 (solar year).    

The severe cases include murder, rape, child marriage, suicide, and extrajudicial killings, says Spozhmai Wardak, deputy minister of women’s affairs for policy, at a press conference held in Kabul, yesterday, January 02.

Ms. Wardak says that ten cases of violence were filed in Badghis, seven in Sar-e-Pul, five in Bamyan, 12 in Faryab, and 17 in Ghor, Jawzjan, Farah, Takhar, Balkh, and Nangarhar.

According to her, poverty, illiteracy and heavy wedding expenses are major causes behind violence against women.  She said that the Ministry of Women Affairs has been actively monitoring incidents of violence against women.

In the current year, a delegation tasked by the Ministry traveled to 224 districts of the country, launching awareness campaigns against domestic violence, Ms. Wardak said.

She urged families, elders, scholars, mullahs and the media to fight violence against women and domestic violence.

Citing the Ministry of Women Affairs, the RFREl, Radio Free Afghanistan reported on November 25, 2019, that it has recorded 6,449 cases of violence and abuse against women since November 2018.