UN: Law protecting Afghan women has 'long way to go'

By REUTERS
November 23, 2011 07:55

 
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KABUL - 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.

UN 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 UN mission said in the report.

In just 101 cases was the law used for eventual judgments.

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