Violent and sexual crimes against women and girls are often neglected or seen as custom, tradition, and the social norm, permitting them to continue although laws state otherwise. Impunity and the lack of law enforcement and efficient justice systems allows violence against women to rage around the world.
However, violence against women and girls is in some countries condoned by the legal system. For example, in 127 countries of the world marital rape is not punishable by law.
Most recently, Afghanistan may pass a new law to silence victims of domestic violence, by not allowing family members of the accused to testify against him.
As the majority of cases of violence against women occur within the family, this new law would allow men to beat and rape their wives and other female members of the household, without the risk of judicial punishment. This new law would make it close to impossible to protect women and girls from domestic abuse, forced marriage, and honour killings.
It is now in the hands of President Karzai, who we urge to not sign this new criminal procedure code.
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