newly-born girl abandoned by parents in Ghor

A picture of a newly-born baby girl shocked Afghanistan after it emerged online showing the newborn baby abandoned by her parents in a roadside.

The picture emerged from central Ghor province and the baby was reportedly abandoned because she was born girl while her parents wanted a baby boy.

This comes as a local resident in northern Balkh province abandoned her paralyzed wife after she gave birth to a baby girl earlier this year.

The 30-year-old woman, Parwana, was left paralyzed due to domestic violence she faced from her husband and family for giving birth to a baby girl.

She was also forced to engage in immoral activities (prostitution) by her husband as her family was behaving with her like a slave, she said during an interview.

A woman was also choked to death by her husband three years ago after she gave birth to a baby girl for the third time.

The local security officials said the 30-year-old mother-of-three, Storay, was choked to death by her husband and her mother-in-law in a remote village in Khanabad district.

The Afghan women continue to sufer from maltreatment and domestic violence despite enormous investment and pledges by the international community to help improve women’s rights in Afghanistan.

In the meantime, the United Nations said in April this year that Afghanistan’s court system is failing to provide adequate access to women who are victims of violence.

In a report released on 19th April, “Justice through the eyes of Afghan Women,” the U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan said more women are turning to non-judicial methods, such as local mediation councils, rather than the traditional court system.

The 35-page report, produced in cooperation with the office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, is comprised of a series of interviews with 110 women across 18 of the nation’s provinces between August 2014 and February 2015. The vast majority of those interviewed chose to resolve their disputes through mediation rather than legal means.

Though the Elimination of Violence Against Women law, passed by presidential decree in 2009, criminalized 22 acts of violence, the U.N. found several factors that caused women to shun the court system.