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Violence against women surges in Logar last year

Violence against women surges in Logar last year

May 30, 2017 - 17:52

PUL-I-ALAM (Pajhwok): The level of violence against womeninfo-icon increased by nearly 80 percent last year compared to the previous year in central Logar province, the provincial Women’s Affairs Department head said on Tuesday.

Shima Zargar told Pajhwok Afghan News violence against women was prevalent in many areas of the province and their rights were violated.

She said beating women, sexually assaulting them, not allowing them to pursue educationinfo-icon or work in offices and other forms of problems women faced in Logar. “These are instances of overt violence against women in Logar.”

About 40 cases of violence against women were registered in 1394 solar yearinfo-icon against 65 cases last year. “It shows cases of violence happen every day here.”

Zargar termed insecurity and lack of government’s writ in far-flung areas as other reasons behind the violence against women.

She believed the level of violence could be lowered by creating awareness among the gender about their rights and such programmes and campaigns were underway in this regard.

She asked tribal elders and religious scholars to provide all-out support to the government in dealing with crimes against women. “Anyone who takes part in combating violence is discharging his religious and humanitarian responsibility.”

On the other hand, a victim of domestic violence, Zarmina, a resident of Pangram area of Charkh district, told Pajhwok that she was living at her father’s home instead of her husband’s due to household issues. “My situation was very bad at my in-laws’ home, my father-in-law and mother-in-law would beat me every day. I was finally obliged to come to my father’s home.”

According to Zarmina, her husband had been working in Iran over the past few years and she had been living with her in-laws. “He goes to Iran for earning a livelihood and leaves me with his father and mother who treat me as a slave and misbehave with me.”

She has been living along with her two children at her father’s home over the past few months. Like Zarmina, women usually face such issues across the country especially in remote districts.

Meanwhile, Logar provincial council member, Haseebullah Stanikzai, said needed works had not been carried out to curb violence on women during the past 15 years in the province.

According to him, women are not entitled to the rights given to them by civil law and Islamic Shariahinfo-icon in many parts of Afghanistaninfo-icon including Logar, he said. “Neither the women’s affairs department nor other government institutions have properly discharged duty in this regard.”

He dubbed insecurity and illiteracy as main factors behind women’s vulnerability to violence in Logar. “I call upon families to let their girls attend school because if a woman is literate, she can ask for her legal rights.”

Stanikzai said the provincial council had made efforts through people, media and gatherings at lowering the violence level against women.

He asked the government to provide work opportunities to women in government offices in order to enable them to fight for their rights.

Logar governor’s spokesman, Salim Saleh, confirmed violence cases concerning women had increased in the province.

He said illiteracy, old traditions and unawareness about women’s rights and lawlessness contributed to the increase in violence towards women.

He said the governor’s house with support from relevant organizations was making efforts at mitigating violence against women by engaging religious scholars and tribal elders.

According to the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, about 5,000 cases of violence against women were recorded last year across the country, showing a significant increase compared to past years.


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