Abused Afghan women opt for suicide

Many women trapped in abusive marriages turn to self-immolation to escape.



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

    FROM THE BLOGS
    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


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