Vi­o­lence against women in­crease in Kur­dis­tan

Over 6000 cases of vi­o­lence against women recorded in Kur­dis­tan re­gion in the first 10 months of 2014, ac­cord­ing to a sta­tis­ti­cal re­port re­leased by KRG‘s Direc­torate Gen­eral of Com­bat­ing Vi­o­lence Against Women

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In the first ten months of this year, there have been more than six thou­sand vi­o­la­tions against women recorded in the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion of Iraq.

On Tues­day the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion ob­served In­ter­na­tional Day for the Elim­i­na­tion of Vi­o­lence Against Women and new fig­ures of vi­o­la­tions against women in the re­gion were re­vealed.

Ac­cord­ing to lat­est fig­ures from the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion’s Direc­torate Gen­eral of Com­bat­ing Vi­o­lence Against Women, within just the first ten months of 2014, there were 6,081 in­stances of vi­o­lence against women in Kur­dis­tan, the majority of them regis­tered in the cap­i­tal city of Er­bil.

Er­bil regis­tered 2,284 cases while Duhok had 1,440 cases. Sle­mani recorded 1,023 cases, with hun­dreds of vi­o­la­tions regis­tered in So­ran, Ra­parin and Garmian re­gions as well.

The new KRG statis­tics show that 30 Kur­dish women and girls have com­mit­ted sui­cide in the re­gion so far this year, and 32 cases of mur­der have been re­ported.

In ad­di­tion, there have been 180 cases of women and girls self-im­mo­lat­ing. 116 cases of rape have been re­ported in the whole re­gion too.

The fig­ures show an in- crease of vi­o­la­tions in 2014, with 5,307 cases regis­tered in the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion in 2013.

Kar­wan Khosh­naw, an Er­bil Po­lice spokesman, said that they have in­ves­ti­gated a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of cases of gen­der-based vi­o­lence against women and have ar­rested and charged many men due to com­mit­ting crimes against women. How­ever, Khosh­naw said some sus­pects have fled to Europe.

“For th­ese types of cases we have the In­ter­pol of­fice in Er­bil. Through them we try to track down the sus­pect and re­quest the au­thor­i­ties of the coun­try to han­dover the sus­pect,” Khosh­naw noted.

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