Afghanistan sees surge in female murder and suicide cases
An Afghan burqa-clad woman walks in a market where birds are sold in Kabul on Oct. 31, 2021. The Taliban-led government has again ordered women to wear a burqa in public areas and government institutions. (Hector Retamal/AFP via Getty Images/TNS)
Islamabad — Afghanistan has witnessed a surge in killings of women and female suicides in the past few days.
Reports of violence against women were frequent in the past but despite the Taliban’s stifling of the media since retaking power last year, there has been a recent rise.
In the past three days, local officials have confirmed that four women have been killed and two have committed suicide.
The incidents took place in Faryab, Ghazni, Samangan and Bamyan provinces.
Shamsullah Mohammadi, the head of the Taliban’s information and culture department in Faryab, told dpa that a man shot dead his sister-in-law for allegedly having “illicit relations” and then fled.
A young woman committed suicide in the same province for unknown reasons, he added.
In Ghazni province, a man shot a mother dead and wounded the victim’s daughter after hearing the girl was engaged to someone else.
In a separate incident in Ghazni, a young woman was killed by her brother and cousin after being accused of having sexual relations outside marriage. Her boyfriend was also killed.
Provincial police spokesman Sayed Ishaq Saleh confirmed both murders, adding that the culprits involved in the second case have been detained.
Afghan media also reported that a woman had died in hospital after her husband smashed her head with a stone in Samangan province.
Another young woman committed suicide in the Waras district of Bamyan.
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