One Billion Rising: Afghan women march against violence

Feb 14 2013, 20:24 IST
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SummaryDozens of Afghan women and supporters marked Valentine's Day by marching in Kabul on Thursday to denounce violence against women amid reports that domestic abuse is on the rise.

shot multiple times in Parwan province, north of the Afghan capital, as people stood nearby, smiling and cheering.

The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights commission also recorded more than 4,000 cases of violence against women from March 21 to Oct. 21 last year, but most were not reported to police.

"Women don't have a bright future and the government isn't doing enough to protect them,'' said Faryaa Hashimi, a 20-year-old student at the march. "We are calling on the international community and Afghan government to protect the women.''

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