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Drug addiction main reason of violence against women: Azimi

Drug addiction main reason of violence against women: Azimi

Dec 06, 2016 - 18:44

KABUL (Pajhwok): The counternarcotics minister on Tuesday said men’s addiction to drugs was a major reason behind violence against women, an issue that disrupted relations between family members.

Salamat Azimi made the remarks a conference ‘Partnership of Civil Society Institutes, Counternarcotics and Elimination of Violence against Women.” A number of government officials and civil society activists attended the seminar in Kabul.

Azimi said the role of housewives was important in controlling children and spouses from using drugs or smuggling drugs.

She added statistics showed more than 3.5 million people 2.9 percent of them women were addicted to drugs in Afghanistan.

First Lady Rula Ghani in her message to the conference also linked violence against women to cultivation, trafficking and use of drugs in the country.

She said using drugs affected all people, particularly women, in the society. Eradicating narcotics was not the responsibility of a single organ, but other institutions such as police, army and others should also join hands in fighting the menace, she said.

Women’s Affairs Minister Dilbar Nazari said drug addiction resulted in depression and psychological problems.

She stressed all government organs concerned should decisively work for eradication of narcotics in the country.