HRW Reports Increase in Violence Against Women, Children

 
Human Rights Watch (HRW) officials in Afghanistan have released a report stating there has been an "overwhelming increase" in cases of violence against women and children over the last six months.
 
Back in June, the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) reported they had seen a marked rise in the number of domestic abuse incidents in the first half of 2013 as comparison to the same period in 2012. Based on HRW officials' recent findings, it would appear that trend continued into the latter half of this year.
 
"We have registered an overwhelming increase of violence against women and children over the past six months in Afghanistan," said HRW representative Hither Bar.
 
HRW's comments come just under a month after Assistant General Secretary of the United Nations (UN) John Hendra voiced concerns about the trend in violence against women on the International Day of the Girl Child.
 
Bar used the occasion of HRW's report to call attention to the fact that the Violence Against Women Law remained stagnant in the Lower House and still has not been ratified.
"The majority of the MPs in the Lower House are against approving the law, but the law is very crucial," she said.
 
Fawzia Kofi, the Chair of Parliament's Women's Affairs Commission, declared the law as a national necessity and attributed increased violence against women to insecurity, lack of rule of law and the failure of Parliament to pass the violence against women bill.
 
"Violence against women seems like a Tsunami that has no sound," Kofi said. "The cause of the issue is insecurity and the failure to enforce the law, it helps criminals be free of the rule of law, also the disapproval of the law in Parliament is one of the biggest issues behind the growing violence."
 
The Lower House reportedly voted down the draft of the Violence Against Women Law after a number of lawmakers mounted criticisms that some articles of it were in contradiction to Islamic teachings.
source: tolonews.com
 

 

 

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