Report Says Afghan Women Facing Violence, Abuse
30 May 2005 -- Amnesty International says women in
Afghanistan continue to suffer widespread abuse that
goes largely unpunished.
In a report released today, the London-based rights
group says few Afghan women are safe from the threat
The report is titled "Afghanistan:
Women Under Attack." It says Afghan women are at
daily risk of abduction, rape, and forced marriage, as
well as being traded as chattel to settle disputes and
Amnesty says such violence is widely accepted by
local communities and inadequately addressed at the
highest levels of the government and the judiciary.
The group blames state institutions for their
"systematic failure" to protect women from abuse and
violence within and outside families.
A spokeswoman for Afghanistan's Women's Affairs
Ministry (Nooria Haqnagar) acknowledged the abuse. She
said the government is working to improve the lives of
women, but that the number of abuse cases is on the
Free Afghanistan [Afghan service of Radio Free