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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Abused Afghan Women Find Divorce a Better Option than Suicide

Golnar Motevalli writes:

HERAT, Afghanistan (Reuters) - After regular beatings, torture and attempted murder by her husband, 35-year-old Zahra tried to burn herself to death to escape her marriage. Then she learned of a safer option: divorce.

Zahra is among a growing number of women in Afghanistan's western Herat province who, with the help of a women's charity, have taken on patriarchal laws to get a divorce, a taboo in the devoutly Muslim, formerly Taliban-led state.

link: Battered Afghan wives opt for divorce instead of suicide | International | Reuters


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