From the Star:
Increasing numbers of Afghan women are choosing suicide to escape the brutality of their daily lives, says a new human-rights report prepared by Canada's foreign affairs department.
The 2008 annual assessment paints a grim picture of a country where violence against women and girls is common, despite rising public awareness among Afghans and international condemnation.
"Self-immolation is being used by increasing numbers of Afghan women to escape their dire circumstances and women constitute the majority of Afghan suicides," said the report, completed in November 2009. The document was obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act.