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PAN (Translated by RAWA), February 5, 2009

Alia's husband poured acid on her face in Kunduz

Alia is unconscious in Spinzar Hospital, has a bad mental condition, some parts of her face have been burned with acid and she cannot open her eyes.

Abdul Mateen Sarfaraz

A man poured acid on the face of his wife and she is in a critical condition in the Kunduz Hospital. This act was committed in the Fourth Region of Kunduz City last night by a teacher called Shakir Mohammad against his 26-year old wife, Alia.

Director of Women’s Affairs of Kunduz expressed concern over the situation and said that in the past year, 60 cases including those of rape, beating, coerced marriages and escape from homes due to lack of subsistence, had been recorded; whereas last year 30 cases had been recorded and most were of forced marriage and lack of subsistence.
PAN, Feb. 5, 2009

Nadira Giah, director of the Women’s Affairs of Kunduz, told PAN that Shakir Mohammad who taught in the Lycee Ibrahim Khel of the Kunduz City, lived in his father-in-law’s home in the Fourth Region; but in the past three weeks had gone to his actual home in Khan Abad District with his five children.

According to her information, Alia had not gone to Khan Abad with him and stayed in her father’s home. Her husband had entered and the splashed acid on her face the moment he faced her.

Director of Women’s Affairs said that this act was due to family disputes and after condemning the act demanded from authorities the investigation of he matter and the husband of the wife to be arrested.

Yar Mohammad, a relative of Shakir told PAN that at night they had suddenly heard a scream and upon entering the home found the woman’s face covered in acid. He added that he had threatened her that if she doesn’t come to his home, she will face serious consequences.

Dr. Azizullah Safar, director of the Public Health of Kunduz said that Alia is unconscious in Spinzar Hospital, has a bad mental condition, some parts of her face have been burned with acid and she cannot open her eyes.

Unknown men poured acid on 15 girls and teachers of Lycee Naswan Mirwais Meena in Kandahar in November the past year. Ten suspects were arrested.

Zafari (Director of Human Rights Commission of North-eastern zone) said a team of Human Rights had been dispatched to the incident scene to investigate the matter and further demanded that security authorities arrest the criminal and punish him.

Abdul Rahman Aqtash, police chief of Commanding Security of Kunduz said the police are following to arrest Malem Shakir.

From autumn of the past year till now two shocking incidents have occurred in Kunduz.

One incident was the murder of the wife of Dr. Sabir by himself with a gun. After that he himself committed suicide.

In the other incident, unknown men cut the throats of a woman, her husband and two children in the port of Khan Abad, centre of Kunduz, and escaped. The reason and people involved in the matter are unknown.

In Kunduz, the rates of violence against women and girls have doubled as compared to last year.

Director of Women’s Affairs of Kunduz expressed concern over the situation and said that in the past year, 60 cases including those of rape, beating, coerced marriages and escape from homes due to lack of subsistence, had been recorded; whereas last year 30 cases had been recorded and most were of forced marriage and lack of subsistence.

This year more than 2000 cases of violence against women, including 77 cases of rape, have been recorded in the Human Rights Commission from all over the country.

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