Woman dies of suicide in Parwan province amid rise in suicide rate

Local Taliban authorities have reported that a woman has died of suicide in the eastern Parwan province.

The woman, identified as Rezgul, took her life in the Siya Gard district on Friday, Taliban’s security head in the province stated.

The motive behind the woman’s suicide is unclear, and the body is taken to a hospital in Kabul for autopsy, the official added.

A further investigation is underway.

The woman’s husband has been apprehended by Taliban police, the official stated without providing further detail.

Since the Taliban takeover in August 2021, the suicide rate is on the rise across Afghanistan amid a worsening humanitarian crisis, acute hunger, and a high rate of unemployment. Life has become extremely difficult for many vulnerable people, particularly women, and girls who have been deprived of basic human rights.

The reasons behind suicide are complex and involve multiple factors, including poverty, unemployment, mental health problems, domestic violence, addiction, and many other social pressures. The absence of a robust national prevention plan to provide urgent assistance to those at risk and promote public awareness of suicide prevention further contributes to the surge.

If you’ve been affected by these issues or show warning signs, you should immediately seek help from a medical or mental health expert.