Afghan Women's Network
AWN

Afghan Women's Network

Quick Treatment Measures for Sitara and Arrest of her Husband

Once again, we are witness to a hostile act, which is un--‐Islamic, un--‐Afghan and inhuman; this time against a 30--‐year--‐old woman, the aggressor being her husband. This act is in violation of all Islamic and human principles. Following several shocking cases of violence inflicted last month, this time, it is 30 –year--‐ old, Sitara; a mother of four daughters, who has become a victim of violence, of her addict husband. Her crime--‐her refusal to give her jewelry to buy drugs. Today Sitara lies in hospital, her nose and lips brutally chopped off by her husband and her four daughters with no shelter or a guardian. Despite the fact that there are ongoing efforts towards improving the living situation for women in Afghanistan   through discussions, consultations, awareness raising campaigns on ending violence against women and implementation of Elimination of Violence against Women Law, Press Conference and protests, violence against women has increased drastically. Sahar Gul, Shakila, Chaman Gul and 868 cases of violence registered by AWN Rapid Response Initiative are not yet forgotten, and here we are the eyewitnesses of Sitara’s case. Ensuring the arrest trial of Sitara’s husband is a constitutional, civil, moral and Islamic obligation of all the relevant government authorities. We women’s rights activists call on the rule of law and judiciary sector for timely action and sharing information in this regard in a transparent manner. We call on Ministry of Public Health to consider Sitara’s treatment as an urgent and serious matter and if needed, facilitate her treatment outside country.  We call on Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs and Ministry of Women’s Affairs to provide needed assistance to Sitara’s parents for overseeing her children. We ask the Afghan government once again to put concrete measures fori mplementation of national laws (Elimination of Violence against Women Law) and be transparent in meeting it  is international obligations to end discriminations against women as per CEDAW in  order to prevent increased violence against women, take necessary measures to support the victims and prosecute the perpetrators transparently. We call on the international community to further strengthen their support to Afghan WOMEN, to help Afghan people, and the Afghan Nation.

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