The latest incident contributes to a recent UN report showcasing a rise in violence against women.


AFGHANISTAN (UNTV/CNN) – A toxic mix of violence and heroin addiction are having a devastating impact on many women in Afghanistan.

Setarah, 30, said her husband, an addict, cut off her nose and lips after she refused to hand over her jewelry so he could buy more heroin.

“He hit me on the head with a stone, then with the handle of his knife. He cut off my nose, then my lips. He took my mobile phone and the ring I had on my finger. Then he escaped,” Setarah said.

Police launched a manhunt and two people have been arrested, but it’s not clear if the husband was detained. Setarah’s mother Nasima says she wants immediate punishment.

“I want the authorities to find my son-in-law immediately,” Nasima said. “The first thing they should do is flay him and then stone him to death. So that other people like him get taught a lesson.”

Setarah’s case highlights two separate, but equally devastating, epidemics in Afghanistan: a surge in violence against women, and a staggering number of heroin addicts.



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