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Herat: 14 people commit suicide in 9 months

Herat: 14 people commit suicide in 9 months

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Dec 29, 2016 - 18:21

HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): Fourteen people, half of them womeninfo-icon, committed suicide during the past nine months, registering a 50 percent increase, Zonal Hospital officials in western Herat province said on Thursday.

Herat Zonal Hospital spokesman Mohammad Rafiq Sherzai told Pajhwok Afghan News the 14 people had hanged themselves to death in Herat in the past nine months of the current year compared to last year’s seven of such cases in 10 months.

He said statistics showed 50 percent increase in suicide cases compared to last year’s cases.

“Seven of those committing suicide were women and the seven others were men,” Sherzai added.

Residents of Herat city blame the extreme step on absence of job opportunities and family disputes.

Wais Ahmadi, a resident, said, “Unfortunately our government is not concerned about the youth and joblessness is the reason that people commit suicide.”

Another resident said mostly uneducated and psychologically affected youth committed suicide. He said the government should make a program and prevent the youth from taking their lives.

Governor’s spokesman, Jailani Farhad, said a committee was being created to investigate reasons behind suicides and find a permanent solution to the problem.

Ali Ahmad Kawa, a sociology lecturer in Herat University, linked such incidents to family problems, broken relationships and social problems.

To prevent such cases, the government should provide job opportunities and launch awareness programs, he said.

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