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Above 1,700 Women’s Cases Addressed in 8 Months

Above 1,700 Women’s Cases Addressed in 8 Months

KABUL - The Attorney General Office (AGO) registered and addressed more than 1,700 cases of violence against women during the past eight months, an official said on Monday.
Sina Shana Mansour, deputy head of the Elimination of Violence against Women’ Section at the AGO, told a press conference in Kabul here the cases were addressed by the department’s prosecution offices for elimination of violence against women activated in all 34 provinces of the country.
She said resolving women’s related cases and reducing violence against the gender was the AGO’s top priority. Women’s access to justice increased with opening of the prosecution offices of elimination violence against women in provinces, she added.
Over the past eight months, she said, 1,700 cases including 1,000 cases of beating, 147 cases of sexual assault, 70 cases of murder and 66 suicide cases had been addressed after their registration with the AGO.
Jamshid Rasouli, AGO spokesman, said 2,000 cases of violence against women were registered with them during the entire last year.
“The number of violence against women cases may further increase until the end of the current year, but higher number of cases do not represent increase in violence, they represent women’s increased awareness and access to justice,” he said.
Rasouli said nearly 2,500 prosecution offices were active across the country, with 17 percent of prosecutors being women.

Prosecution offices were previously active only in eight provinces last year, he concluded. (Pajhwok)