Young girl dies after setting herself on fire



Local sources in Afghanistan’s northern Takhar province reported that a young girl set herself on fire due to domestic violence and died as a result after having a verbal argument with her family.

According to the sources, the incident took place in the Dasht Qala district of Takhar province. Domestic violence pressured the girl into doing this to herself after a verbal exchange with family, according to relatives of the victim of domestic abuse who spoke to the media.

According to the sources, the girl became distressed due to the family’s verbal abuse of her and the domestic violence, and her conduct suggested that she would rather die than endure the abuse.

The sources further said that the girl’s relatives took her to Dasht Qala district hospital following this incident, then to Taloqan, the provincial capital, and from there they intended to transport her to Kunduz province.

However, she succumbed to burn wounds and died on the way, before she was taken to Kunduz province.

Domestic violence has increased since the Taliban took control, while poverty and unemployment have never been higher in Afghanistan. In turn, there has been an increase in killings, suicides, and interpersonal disputes.—Khaama News Agency


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