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Afghanistan confronts surge in violence against women

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AT-KABUL: Violence against women has increased 11.7 per cent compared to the last year, the independent human rights commission said in its annual report.

Physical violence, women’s murders, field trials, sexual violence and economic problems are the issues the report mentioned that women were facing with.

Sima Samar, director of the commission said that the violence was mostly carried out by the men of the families.

“We have 4,340 cases of violence against women from which, 32.7 per cent are physical violence cases, 5.3 per cent sexual violence, 3.3 per cent mental and verbal violence, 17.3 per cent economic violence, 14.4 per cent are the absurd traditions and 90.3 per cent violence have been carried out by the families’ men,” Samar said.

She added that 12 field trials took place in 2017 that only the perpetrators of one trial happened in Takhar province were arrested.

“Filed trial is a major human rights violence that is mostly carried out by Taliban fighters and irresponsible armed people in the insecure areas,” she said.

Villagers in a field trial, beat up a woman on the charge of illegitimate relation in the Chah Aab district of Takhar.

Taliban shot dead a girl in Ghor province on the charge of house escape and prior to that, another girl accused of torching a copy of Koran, was killed by a mob in Kabul.

Ministry of women’s affairs said it had registered 119 cases of “severe” violence against women in 2017.