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Vasiyeh, 16, shows her scars from burns she inflicted on herself two years ago, in Herat, Afghanistan, on April 6, Fawzia felt like she had no way out.
Married off to her cousin at age 16, she had been beaten routinely by her husband and in-laws in their poor rural home in Paktia province for the first three years of her marriage.
She complained bitterly to her parents, but no solution seemed imminent. Marriage had become too much for her to bear. Then, after she saw her brother-in-law strike his wife on the head with a gun, Fawzia finally did what she had threatened to do many times before: she doused herself in cooking fuel and struck a match.
Her physician, Dr. Ahmed Shah Wazir, believes it's unlikely that she will survive. The terrifying thing is that she is far from the only person in Afghanistan to take such drastic action. The Ministry of Women's Affairs has documented a total of women who set themselves on fire between March and March No one knows what Remember The Day - Various - Tuning & Car Audio real numbers are, given the difficulty of collecting data in the country.
Wazir believes that most of his would-be patients never make it to the hospital. In some cases, families are too ashamed or fearful of prosecution to report what happened. She insists that there is nothing unusual about her daughter. In recent years, the dramatic suicide method employed by women in this war-torn country has drawn wide attention, amid speculation that the trend might be growing. Some, like Wazir, blame Iranian TV and cinema for romanticizing suicide by fire. For example, in the movie Bemania girl uses self-immolation to escape a forced marriage.
He points out that many of his patients, including Fawzia, are refugees who have returned from Iran. Other observers argue that the practice has long existed Women Of Ireland - Joel Mabus - Settin The Woods On Fire a method by which Afghan women try to escape their sorrows and that improved monitoring since the fall of the Taliban has only made it more prominent in public Women Of Ireland - Joel Mabus - Settin The Woods On Fire . The Afghan government, however, says that in the past five years, the Legions - Various - A State Of Trance - Future Favorite Best Of 2012 (File) have dropped.
Nevertheless, the act remains both common and poorly understood, with relatively few resources devoted to its prevention. Part of the problem, women's groups say, is resistance by officials to searching Afghan society for the root of such a horrifying phenomenon. Even Fawzia's doctor finds nothing blameworthy in the Afghan way of life. We support the women," says Wazir, dismissing the notion that family abuse and despondency could be the main factor driving patients to his burn center.
And that's why the husband has the right to beat her.
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