Afghanistan's anti-violence law for women has long way to go

Afghan women

Afghanistan's two-year-old law that criminalises violence against women and supports gender equality has yet to be fully enforced, according to a report released by the United Nations on Wednesday.

Child marriage, forced marriage, and honour killings are some of the forms of violence against women being perpetuated in Afghanistan.

Often it is family members, relatives or people in the community, who are responsible for these crimes against women, the report says.

The landmark law is only being applied by a handful of judges, prosecutors and police in many parts of Afghanistan.

Georgette Gagnon is the Director for Human Rights at the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan.

"There have been some cases where in-laws or relatives of women who have been killed or rape have been prosecuted and perpetrators have received significant sentences. But there are other cases for example forced suicide or self immolation which should be prosecuted and in all cases they are not prosecuted."

Enacted in 2009, the law identifies over 20 acts of violence against women, including rape and beating.

It also specifies punishment for perpetrators.

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