UN says law protecting Afghan women has ‘long way to go’

KABUL, Nov 23 (Reuters) – Afghan authorities are failing to enforce the law to protect women from murder, beating, rape and other violence and being sold into marriage and prostitution, the United Nations said on Wednesday.

The U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) revealed in a report that only a small number of cases of violence against women have been prosecuted under the Elimination of Violence Against Women law, passed more than two years ago.

Prosecutors in Afghanistan filed indictments in 155 cases of 2,299 estimated incidents of violence against women, the U.N. mission said in the report.

Just 101 cases were brought to court for final judgments.

“There is still a long way to go to ensure that more cases of violence against women are prosecuted,” UNAMA human rights director Georgette Gagnon told reporters.

She said cases that are prosecuted “sends a message that these are crimes and they need to be stopped and perpetrators . . . need to be punished”.

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Categories: Afghanistan, Women Rights

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