'Long way to go' to stop violence against women in Afghanistan, U.N. report says
ACCORDING TO THE NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
A law protecting women against domestic violence, forced marriage, child marriage and even murder is being largely ignored in Afghanistan, according to a new U.N. report.
The Afghan government has a “long way to go” in protecting the rights of women against everything from beatings to rape to forced self-immolation despite the two-year-old Elimination of Violence Against Women law. That legislation, which criminalized 20 forms of violence against Afghan women and girls, has only been applied “sporadically,” the U.N. report says.
“Judges, prosecutors and police in many parts of Afghanistan have begun to use the new law, which is a positive development, but unfortunately only in a small percentage of violence against women cases,” said U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay.
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