At least 108 women committed suicide in Iranian Kurdistan: watchdog

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SULAIMANI (ESTA) — At least 108 women have committed suicide in Iranian Kurdistan in the past year, a rights watchdog said on Thursday.

Hengaw Organization for Human Rights said in its annual report that at least 108 women and girls had committed suicide in the Kurdish areas in Iran between March 2020 and March 2021.

Twenty of them were under 18 years and 10 others were under 15, the organization added.

Most of the cases were recorded in Sanandaj, and the main reason that pushed to commit suicide was family problems, according to the report.

Four girls committed suicide due to forced marriage, it said.

As many as 62 women committed suicide by hanging, 20 more died of taking drugs, and 16 others died of self-immolation, the report read. Eight more women jumped off from high places and two others killed themselves using guns.

Hengaw registered 36 cases in Sanandaj, 30 in Urmia, 25 in Kermanshah and 17 more in Ilam.

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