RAWA News, March 17, 2009


An Afghan woman commits self-immolation in Herat

This is the third case of self-immolation by Afghan women in Herat which is being reported in the past two weeks.

A 27 years old Afghan woman committed self-immolation and died in Pushtoon Zarghon district of Herat province in Western Afghanistan on Monday, March 16.

Self-immolation by an Afghan woman
BBC: 81 cases of self-immolation were recorded in Herat burn hospital over the solar year, 59 of them died.

Local officials confirmed the incident and say apparently she had committed self-immolation due to domestic violence. They say an investigation has been started.

Abdul Rauf Ahmadi, spokesperson of the police in the region told reporters that 80 percent of her body was burned so she died in the hospital.

This is the third case of self-immolation by Afghan women in Herat which is being reported in the past two weeks.

On March 7, 2009, an Afghan widow, Jan Bibi, out of poverty and destitution poured gasoline over her body and set herself in fire in Obe district of Herat.

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