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    Office to look into violence on women cases opens

    CHARIKAR (PAN): A special attorney office, aimed at preventing violence against women, was opened in central Parwan province on Monday, officials said.

    The office will operate under the provincial attorney office, prosecutor Nyaz Mohammad Nikyar told Pajhwok Afghan News.

    Nikyar said the office had four officials, including three attorneys, who would look into cases of violence against women in the province.

    "The special office will work to protect women's rights which are frequently violated due to illiteracy, civil war, poverty and forced marriages," the prosecutor said.

    The project had been funded by the United States and the International Development Law Organization, he said.

    Deputy Attorney General Abdul Wakil Amini hoped violence on women would reduce with the establishment of the office.

    Women Affairs Director Shah Jahan Yazdan Parast said the violence against women remained a big problem in the society.

    Officials at the provincial attorney general office claim the violence against women had increased by 40 percent this year.