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Afghan MPs debate law to prevent violence against women

Published:Saturday | May 18, 2013 | 9:57 AM

Afghan MPs to debate law preventing violence against women.

A law banning violence against women, child marriages and forced marriages was passed by presidential decree in 2009, but did not gain MPs' approval.

Some want the law set in concrete through a parliamentary vote, fearing it could be repealed in the future.

However, other rights activists fear the debate may weaken current legislation.

Last time the issue of violence against women was raised in the Afghan parliament, a fight broke out as fundamentalists tried to block the discussion of reforms.


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