KABUL – The Afghanistan Attorney General’s Office announced Monday that so far this year it had investigated 1,726 cases related to violence against women and acknowledged that there was still much work to be done regarding the issue in the country.
Sina Mansoor of the Attorney General Office for the Elimination of Violence against women said in a press conference in Kabul that there were 995 cases of domestic violence and 147 of rape, as well as another 124 cases of humiliations, 115 of harassment, 66 related to suicides and 21 forced marriages.
“Surely we have a long way to end violence against women and we are strongly committed to working hard to end violence against women,” Mansoor said.
Mansoor, whose press conference came two days after the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, said that one of the measures they were taking in this regard was to hire professional staffers for its offices across the country.
She added that other measures included “sharing the results of our efforts with the media family” in order to spread public awareness regarding gender violence, an issue that mostly remains confined within the walls of a house.
According to a recent report, the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission recorded 3,778 cases of violence against women, including 231 murders and around a thousand cases of physical assault.
AIHRC also said that, while the problem of violence against women was much more widespread in Afghanistan, most women were unable to file formal complaints due to threats or for security reasons.
The war in Afghanistan is going through one of its bloodiest phases since it started in 2001 with the invasion of US troops, meanwhile Kabul has been losing ground to insurgents and now controls only 57% of the country.