For many women trapped in abusive marriages in Afghanistan, death can seem like the only way out.

Domestic despair in Afghanistan
By David Chater in The Asia Blog Al Jazeera's David Chater

In the northwestern province of Herat, doctors this year have treated at least seventy women who attempted to take their own lives by setting themselves on fire.

More than 40 of them died, in what doctors describe as a lingering and painful process.

Al Jazeera's David Chater reports from Herat where he speaks to one woman who said she saw self-immolation as a means to escape a lifetime of abuse.

Source: Al Jazeera