Self-Immolation as an Escape from Sexism?

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Confronted with a horrible existence at the bottom of society – teenage girls married off to 80 year old men without their consent, for example – some of Afghanistan’s women choose to escape a sexist world by killing themselves.   One of the most common ways is pouring kerosene on themselves and setting themselves on fire.     Inspired by film depictions of women committing suicide this way, more women have followed suit, according to this article from the Financial Times.  

-Darren Rosenblum

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