Afghanistan

Afghan Women Failed By Justice System, Says U.N.

Over a decade of western occupation not having the effect many hoped it would

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Afghan women victims of violence are still being failed by the justice system, according to a new UN report.

Although there had been some progress in implementing a 2009 anti-violence law, overall use of the law "remained low", the report says.

Cultural pressures and inconsistent police practices are hampering implementation of the law, it added.

The report comes after a spate of high-profile cases of violence against Afghan women.

Last month, two men were arrested in Kunduz province for allegedly beheading a girl after her father rejected a marriage proposal for her.