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Afghanistan Witnesses Surge in Suicide Cases in Past Year

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Fidel Rahmati
Fidel Rahmati
Fidai Rahmati is the editor and content writer for Khaama Press. You may follow him at Twitter @FidelRahmati

In the past year, at least 347 people have made suicide attempts in nine different provinces of Afghanistan.

At least 60 of the people who attempted suicide lost their lives, Tolo News reported.

Among the nine provinces of the country, Badakhshan is at the top of the list, with records of 251 suicide attempts, the report indicated.

Most of the suicide cases were due to poverty, family violence, unemployment, lack of freedom, low self-esteem, and lack of awareness.

However, there are more female suicide instances in Afghanistan than male ones.

A 20-year-old woman in Badakhshan attempted suicide due to struggling with poverty but was saved after being transported to the hospital.

 “She drank acid to commit suicide. We took her to the doctor and then took her to Faizabad. We brought her two to three times here, she has now gone through surgery, and she is in good condition,” said Sakhi, her brother, as Tolo News quoted.

“We have registered 250 suicide attempts. Of them, 188 are female, and 62 are male,” said Homyayoun Frootan, head of the provincial hospital in Badakhshan.

After Badakhshan, Ghor province stands in the second position.

“14 suicide attempts happened. The motives behind them were economic difficulties and family violence,” said Mustafa Haqqani, the head of the security department of Ghor.

In recent instances, a young man commits suicide in Ghazni. He tragically ended his life by throwing himself under a moving truck in the Moqar district of Ghazni province.

Since the Taliban took over the country, the group has introduced several decrees. As a result, human rights, mainly women’s and girls’ rights, are restricted.

According to several reports, most girls’ psychological issues are due to harsh restrictions and bans on schools beyond sixth grade and university.

Despite massive criticism by national, regional and global organizations, the Taliban authorities reiterated their position by saying it is an internal matter of Afghanistan.


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