A girl who was forced to marry in Bamyan province in the center of Afghanistan, has allegedly committed suicide, according to local sources.

The girl is said to have hanged herself after being forced by her family to marry her cousin, in Said Baba village of Saighan district in Bamyan province.

The source claims that the family of the girl who committed suicide is trying to conceal the death of their daughter and the forced marriage.

The Taliban provincial officials have not yet responded to the incident.

The suicide of the girl in central Afghanistan, which is attributed to forced marriage comes at a time when a woman was reported to have shot herself dead following a verbal argument with her sisters.

Earlier this week, a woman had killed herself after a verbal argument with her sisters in the north-western province of Ghor, in Afghanistan.

Girls in Afghanistan are not only denied of the right to education, following the collapse of the government to the Taliban, but are also pressured for forced marriages and child marriages, with the Taliban’s restrictive measures especially on women.

Suicides have been on the rise in various provinces of Afghanistan recently.

Suicide in the country is attributed to domestic violence, forced marriages and stress brought on by the country’s economic standing which has adversely impacted the financial status of the Afghan people.

Author

  • Saqalain Eqbal is an Online Editor for Khaama Press. He is a Law graduate from The American University of Afghanistan (AUAF).