At least 270 women lost their lives due to domestic violence and honor killing in Afghanistan in the last solar year – March 2017 to March 2018, the Independent Human Rights Commission states.
Figures by the commission show that 46 percent of the murders took place in north, 22 percent in south, 11 percent in west and three percent in the central region of the country.
Perpetrators of 135 cases of the 277 domestic violence and honor killing incidents have been arrested by security forces while 142 others are still to be detained, the Independent Human Rights Commission spokesman Bilal Siddiqi said.
“This is very worrying. Women’s murder has increased by eight percent compared with the last year,” said Seddiqi.
Women’s rights activists said violence against women has not decreased and that the types of violence committed in the last year were terrifying.
They said the campaign to overcome violence against women has remained a slogan and has not been implemented well.
“Defending from women’s rights is seen as a route to get international aid and projects. We will not see a big positive change in women’s situationas long as we actually defend their rights,” women’s rights activist Zahra Sepehr said.