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Women Facing Increased Violence In Kyrgyzstan

BISHKEK -- Discrimination and violence against women is on the rise in Kyrgyzstan.

Kyrgyz Deputy Ombudsman Mamat Momunov told RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service that his office received about 200 complaints from female victims of domestic violence in 2007, but that in the first eight months of last year the number of such complaints had already risen to more than 300.

Momunov said the major portion of the complaints came from rural areas and that 80 percent of the complaints were related to domestic violence.