A man in the northern province of Kunduz shot his wife to death for going to the market without his permission, an Afghan police spokesman told Efe Monday.

The incident took place on Sunday in the Chahar Dara district, according to Sarwar Hussaini, who said that the murderer, identified only as Khodaidad, killed his 24-year-old wife in their home when she returned from going shopping.

Khodaidad fled after the killing and his whereabouts are currently unknown, the spokesman said.

Despite the social advances made with the fall of the Taliban regime 12 years ago, women's rights in Afghanistan continue to be systematically abused or ignored.

In May, the Afghan Parliament rejected approving a law against sexual violence over the opposition of the more conservative parties, which consider the existence of shelters for abuse victims, among other things, to be anti-Islamic.

Between March and October 2012, more than 4,000 cases of violence against women were registered in the country, 28 percent more than during the same period the year before, according to Afghanistan's Independent Human Rights Commission. EFE