Uruzgan Woman Moved to Kandahar Hospital for Domestic Violence Injuries

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A woman who sustained severe injuries to her face and teeth from beatings by her husband and father-in-law in Uruzgan's Chora district has been moved to Mirwais Hospital in Kandahar.

Latifa said her husband beat her badly, breaking several of her teeth and slitting her mouth with a knife in the process. She also has several broken bones.

"My husband and father-in-law beat me. My teeth are broken and my mouth is cut by a knife by my husband," Latifa told TOLOnews from her hospital bed.

"I want my rights," she added.

Latifa's parents took her to Kandahar for medical treatment after they discovered her wounds. They are now asking the government and rights organizations for help in seeking justice.

"We want the government to provide justice and to enforce the law on the perpetrators," said Abdulbari, Latifa's brother.

The Kandahar provincial office of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) has asked the courts to take the case seriously.

"We are very distressed about this incident, which is one in a series of domestic violence cases in the southern parts of the country. We want the judicial organs and the police force to examine the incident," said Shamsuddin Tanweer, deputy AIHRC head in Kandahar.

According to AIHRC figures, more than 300 cases of violence against women have been recorded in the south in 2012. There have been 100 cases of self-immolation by women.

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