Rise in violence against Afghan women

Oct. 9, 2012 at 3:29 PM

KABUL, Afghanistan, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- Afghan Human Rights Commission officials expressed concern about the rise in honor killings and rape cases -- more than 100 in the first half of the year.

They added violence against women is increasing in Afghanistan and they are working on programs to reduce it, Khaama Press reported Tuesday.

"Honor killings are committed by family members, specifically the husbands of the women, and the majority of the rape victims are under 18. The Human Rights Commission has decided to work on a national program to investigate the reasons behind the growing violence," commission women's rights advocate Suraya Sobrang said.

The program will collect the opinions of citizens, as well as government and non-governmental agencies, and present it to international organizations, officials said.

Lack of proper justice, growing corruption and illiteracy are suspected to have roles in the growing violence against women in Afghanistan, the website said.

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