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Armenia: Yerevan Grappling with Domestic Violence Issue

Activists want Prime Minister Tigran Sargsian to address the domestic abuse issue. (Photo: Government of Armenia)

The issue of domestic violence, long a taboo topic in Armenia, is generating lots of public debate these days. The catalyst for discussion is a shocking criminal case, in which a 20-year-old mother of a toddler was, according to witnesses, abused to death by her husband.

Social networks in Armenia have been buzzing about the case since October 1, when 20-year-old Zaruhi Petrosyan died after suffering a series of heavy blows that caused a brain hemorrhage and left her with a broken fingers and bruises all over her body. Shortly before collapsing, Petrosyan reported that she had suffered the injuries in a fall. Her neighbors and her sister, however, asserted that Petrosyan had been abused by her relatives at her home in Masis, a town in the Armavir Region, not far from the capital Yerevan.

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Gayane Abrahamyan is a reporter for ArmeniaNow.com in Yerevan.

Armenia: Yerevan Grappling with Domestic Violence Issue

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