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Women in desperate search for justice: WPPC

Women in desperate search for justice: WPPC

Jan 09, 2013 - 00:01

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): The Womeninfo-icon's Political Participation Committee (WPPC), a coalition of over 200 s organisations and civil societyinfo-icon groups , on Tuesday voiced its deep concern over females' lack of access to justice, amid increasing incidents of violence against them.

"Women have no access to defence councils. Some cases involving females linger for years," said Ahmad Balochzada, a member of the committee.

Talking to Pajhwok during an interview, Balochzada said the country's legal system was corrupt and judges in lower judiciary  were bribed-fed, a phenomenon that deprived women of their rights enshrined in the constitution. "How can women find access to justice when they have no support and money to amuse the corrupt judges."

He said Afghan women needed peace more than anybody else because they had lost more than men in the decades-long war. "The ongoing conflict is robbing women of their limited rights."

Balochzada believed women's rights and their real participation in determining the course of society, in all political, social, and economic areas were a prerequisite to achieving peace, a healthy, humane, and balanced society free of violence, poverty and injustice.

On the 9th birth anniversary of the constitution, Balochzada remarked the celebration should have been marked with the enactment of the family law.

"The escalating violence and crimes against  females are to be blamed on local customary laws which are posing a significant obstacle to the enforcement of the family law," he said, adding the problem was further exacerbated by the absence of family law courts.

Balochzada feared the incumbent regime that could not give women their due representation in peace talks with the rebels would not be able to preserve the gains it had achieved with international support.

He said the government was responsible for widespread corruption and violations of the constitution and had been unable to resolve even basic problems of the people.


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