Most women’s rights violators escape unpunished: Dostum
KABUL (Pajhwok): First Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum said on Sunday most perpetrators of violence against women could not be unpunished due to non-serious approach of government departments and officials concerned.
Dostum expressed the views in a message on the occasion of International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
Head of the VP’s office Babar Farhamand read out Dostum’s message at a gathering marking the day.
Dostum in his message said women had been playing a vital role in the country’s rebuilding over the past 14 years and had presence in government and non-government organisations, but unfortunately violence against the gender still persisted.
“Complains by women about their rights violations are increasing with each passing day, it shows women are becoming aware about their rights.”
About the elimination of violence against women, the vice president said the Afghan government was committed to eliminating violence and unjust practices happening to women in society.
Lawmaker Fauzia Kofi termed the Afghan government efforts with regard to the eradication of violence against women as symbolic. She claimed most of the culprits involved in crimes against women remained unpunished.
Masuda Umar, Dostum’s advisor on women’s affairs, said a commission had been formed to coordinate efforts of government and non-governmental organizations at eliminating the violence against women.
She said the commission would pay visits to provinces to inquire about women’s situation in prisons, offices and houses.
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