Women Commit Majority of Suicides in Afghanistan

According to officials at the Ministry of Public Health yesterday at World Suicide Prevention Day in Kabul, more than 2,500 Afghan women have already committed suicide in 2013. Experts cited extreme levels of violence against women and forced marriage between young girls and grown men as some major reasons for the disproportionate rate.

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As this article suggests, depression is not the only reason people commit suicide. Especially in situations of torture or captivity, suicide may be seen as the only viable method for escape.