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
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.