Mohammad Sadeq murdered his cousin in Afghanistan as she was fetching water from a well near her home. She was set on by a cousin and nephew who slit her throat after she rejected his marriage proposal, said Sayed Sawar Hosseini, spokesman for the Kunduz province police chief.
“The Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission has recorded an alarming increase in the number of cases of violence against women this year and the murder in Kunduz seems to fit a pattern that has become all too familiar, where men feel free to murder a woman who has angered them,” said Heather Barr, Afghanistan researcher at Human Rights Watch.
“The government’s failure to effectively enforce the 2009 law on elimination of violence against women encourages men to believe that they can kill and attack women with impunity.”
Activists also said they were concerned about a recent demand by the country’s conservative council of clerics, who last year described women as “secondary” to men, to be given the power to issue legally binding religious decrees.
November 25 is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
Violence against women violates international human rights declarations. The Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women and the Crime prevention and criminal justice measures to eliminate violence against women recognize that eliminating violence against women is crucial to the advancement of women. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment further recognize the harm done to women and girls by violence perpetrated by men.
The United Nations has recognized that violence against women is an obstacle to the achievement of equality, development and peace, as recognized in the Nairobi Forward-looking Strategies for the Advancement of Women and the Platform for Action of the Fourth World Conference on Women, which recommended a set of integral measures to prevent and eliminate violence against women, and to the full implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.