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Suicide by burning in Afghanistan

This New York Times article details a disturbing new trend in Afghanistan: poor women, deciding to take their lives for a variety of reasons including domestic abuse, find that setting themselves on fire is the most accessible path to death.  This has allowed for a convenient cover up for violence:

The most sinister burn cases are actually homicides masquerading as suicides, said doctors, nurses and human rights workers.

“We have two women here right now who were burned by their mothers-in-law and husbands,” said Dr. Arif Jalali, the hospital’s senior surgeon.

Doctors cited two recent cases where women were beaten by their husbands or in-laws, lost consciousness and awoke in the hospital to find themselves burned because they had been shoved in an oven or set on fire.

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