afghan-woman-set-on-fire-in-heratA young woman was set on fire by her husband in western Herat province of Afghanistan as the Afghan police forces have launched an operation to arrest the perpetrator.

According to the local government officials, the 23-year-old woman was doused with petrol and was set on fire in Injel district.

The officials further added that the incident has likely taken place due to an argument between the couple and the husband of the woman managed to flee the area after the incident.

This comes as numerous incidents involving murder of women have been reported during the recent months across the country.

The Taliban militants executed a 19-year-old girl in Sar-e-Pul province of Afghanistan earlier in August while a 22-year-old woman was shot dead in July by her relatives on charges of having relations with an stranger over the telephone.

The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) in its report released late in November last year said “statistic of violence against women, obtained from the registered cases of violence against women during the first six months in 1394 exceeds 2579 cases.”

The report further added that figure was reported 2403 cases during the six months in 1393 which shows 7.32 percent increase in 1394, the last solar year.

Author

  • Khaama Press

    The Khaama Press News Agency is the leading and largest English news service for Afghanistan with over 3 million hits a month. Independent authors/columnists and experts are welcome to contribute stories, opinions and editorials. Send stories to [email protected]