Young woman and wife in Afghanistan had both ears cut off by husband

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The young woman got married aged 13 and had not a good life with her husband. She said that she no longer wanted to remain married to him. Zarina complained that her husband had tried repeatedly to prevent her from seeing her parents. “He is a very suspicious man and often accused me of talking to strange men when I went to visit my parents,” she said. Zarina has demanded husband arrest and prosecution. After years of pressure from Afghan women’s rights activists and the international donor community, few improvements have materialized for women’s rights. Despite widespread abuse and violence against women, few men are punished. The Elimination of Violence Against Women (EVAW) law was enacted by a presidential decree in 2009 and  identifies 22 acts of violence against wome including forced marriage. However the implementation was limited.

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