Safia Amajan, the head of the Women's Affairs Ministry in the southern city of Kandahar, who had criticized the Taliban for then ill-treatment of women, was shot dead. Since women’s activists are staying indoors. The voice for equality is met with bullets. Women are suffering here and there is so much to be done, but everyone is afraid even to utter the issue. Everyone thinks the same fate that befell Safia awaits them if they speak out.
Due to the widespread domestic violence and wife bashing and due to the fear induced by the Taliban, increasing numbers of Afghan women are resorting to desperate measures like committing suicide escape for ever situations like these.
Shaimi Amini an assistant doctor at Herat hospital in western Afghanistan said she was seeing more and more cases of women setting fire to themselves. During the last 6 moths there were 56 such cases!
If someone in the family sees what's happening and acts fast enough then there's more of a chance to save these girls. But in many cases they simply die.
The girls who survive are often terribly disfigured. They need lots treatment and more surgery for which they do not have money and so they hence have to suffer more
Afghanistan's Women's Affairs Ministry now says it's trying to introduce a new bill to prevent violence against women. But even if a new law is eventually passed, in practice it may be difficult to ensure that it is enforced. The hapless women are bound to suffer, suffer and suffer.