Teenage girl killed by unidentified gunmen in Afghanistan

July 24, 2022 11:13 p.m. STI

Kabul [Afghanistan]July 24 (ANI): A 15-year-old girl was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Afghanistan’s Faryab province, local media reported citing sources.
The gunman killed the girl after breaking into a house in Kohistan district, Faryab province, on Saturday night, Khaama Press reported citing sources.
On the other hand, provincial Taliban officials have not yet spoken on the issue.
Amid reports of increasing attacks, especially women being the main victims of those with guns, the Taliban has been silent and taken no action to address these crimes.
Earlier this month, an unidentified man stabbed a 50-year-old woman to death in her own home in Afghanistan’s central Kapisa province, Khaama Press reported.
In Ayno Mina town, Kandahar province, a man reportedly shot his ex-wife, killing two men and a woman.
Reports of murders and kidnappings have increased over the past six months, particularly among women. According to a report by the news channel Afghanistan International, more than 100 women and girls have been killed, abducted or committed suicide in the past six months.

In recent months, there has been an upsurge in domestic violence, personal enmity and family feuds, which have resulted in homicides, targeted killings and honor killings, according to Khaama Press.
The situation of women in Afghanistan has deteriorated. Not only the armed forces, but also the Taliban have eroded women’s rights in Afghanistan.
According to the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), the erosion of women’s rights has been one of the most notable aspects of the de facto administration to date.
Before the Taliban came to power, women and girls gradually had the right to participate fully in education, work and other aspects of public and daily life.
However, these rights have been curtailed and in many cases completely removed following the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan.
A decision by the Taliban has prevented girls from returning to secondary school, meaning a generation of girls will not complete their full 12 years of basic education. At the same time, access to justice for victims of gender-based violence has been limited by the dissolution of reporting channels, justice mechanisms and dedicated shelters, he added.
“The education and participation of women and girls in public life is fundamental to any modern society. The relegation of women and girls to the home denies Afghanistan the benefit of the important contributions they have to offer. education for all is not only a basic human duty, it is true, but it is also the key to the progress and development of a nation,” said Markus Potzel, Acting Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan.
Taliban atrocities against Afghan women have steadily increased since the group seized power in Afghanistan in August last year, denying young girls and women humanitarian rights. (ANI)

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