Friday, November 25, 2011 – Officials in the ministry of women affairs of Afghanistan denied the allegations of the recent report of the Human Rights commissiion in the United Nations saying that the violence against women act is not properly implemented in Afghanistan

This comes as the United Nations in a report on 23 November expressed concerns for the limited improvements in implementing the violence against women act in Afghanistan.

Mizghan Mostafwi, deputy minister for women affairs in Afghanistan on Friday following an interview with the British Broadcasting Corporation said, there has been a vast improvement towards the violence against women act since the law was approved in 2009.

The deputy women affairs minister Mizghan Mostafwi further added, a commission has been formed and is operating for the past two years to prevent violence against the women in Afghanistan.

She also said, the commission is currently having eight representative offices in various provinces of Afghanistan and another six representative office will be opened in some additional provinces in the near future.

She also emphasized that the operations and activities of the commission for preventing violence against the women has proved to be very effective .

The violence against women act was approved by president Hamid Karzai in 2009.

The violent acts against women including premature marriages, forced marriages and other violent acts that leads to self immolation and attempt to suicide by women has been recognized as a criminal act.

The United Nations in its report criticized the Afghan government for implementing the violence against the women act improperly on all the Afghan women victims despite the report emphasized on some improvements in considering the act by Afghan police and judiciary system of Afghanistan in a number of cases.

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  • Ahmad Shah Ghani Zada is the former Senior Editor of Khaama Press Agency who managed and overlooked the English edition. He is occasionally contributing stories to the agency.