JALALABAD (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan in the eastern zone this year, showing an increase.
Women Affairs Department head for Nangahar Fatana Aziz lamented the increase in violence against the gender at a gathering marking International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
According to her information, 91 cases of violence against women were registered within the past seven months of this year in Nangarhar. The cases included elopement, forced marriages, physical violence, mental torture and others.
She linked the violence to poverty, saying they were trying to implement some programs for improving women’s economic situation.
Meanwhile, AIHRC head for eastern Zone Sabrina Hamidi expressed her deep concern that violence against women cases continued to surface. However, she said violence against the gender had decreased due to increased awareness programs in this regard.
She said they registered 220 cases of violence against women in Nangarhar, Kunar, Laghman and Nuristan provinces during the past seven months of ongoing year.
Deputy Governor Habiba Kakar told the gathering that women now trusted judicial organs and they approached them or regional AIHRC offices whenever they faced problems.
She assured women that their cases would be investigated and they will get their rights.
A number of women from districts were also present at the gathering and they termed such meetings as important and said public awareness could be also increased through such events.