Hundreds, if not thousands, of Afghan women commit suicide by self-immolation each year to escape abusive marriages, abusive in-laws and poverty. Divorce is considered too shameful of an option for a woman who wants to leave a marriage, and thus suicide is a more viable option. Many afghan women who commit suicide use items found in the home to burn themselves alive, such as cooking oil and matches, rather than face the situations they live in. Self-immolation is a growing method of suicide, and as Afghanistan continues along the path of war and economic recession, the number increases.
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