SAR-I-PUL (Pajhwok): Violence against women in northern Sar-i-Pul province, an official said on Monday.
Women Affairs Director Nabila Habibi said her department had recorded 39 incidents of violence against females over the past six months in the province.
The incidents recorded last year included six cases of murder, 13 of beatings, four of harassment, six of alleged rape, three of insult and one each of suicide forced marriage and self-immolation.
But in the first six months of the current year, the number of such indents increased, the director told Pajhwok Afghan News.
The department registered six cases of murder, 21 of beatings, five of forced marriage, four of death threats, eight of harassment, four of sexual assault and one each of suicide and insult.
Habibi added most of women in the province were faced with forced marriage, underage marriage, illiteracy and drug addiction among men.
She said men went abroad for work, especially to Iran, because of economic problems, but they returned addicted to drugs. This worsened the situation of women and led to domestic violence, the official explained.
Gulab Saeedi, a women rights activist in the province, believed violence against females largely resulted from poverty, illiteracy, misuse of social media and lack of awareness.