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Why are women in Iraqi Kurdistan setting themselves on fire?

1 June 2013 Last updated at 21:22 BST

Even though the Kurdistan region of Iraq has progressed economically and socially in the last few years, this northern part of the country remains a very patriarchal and conservative society.

Women continue to endure domestic violence, social injustice and discrimination.

Doctors say that each month they see hundreds of cases of self-immolation which are often the result of such treatment.

Mahmut Hamsici reports.