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For afghan women, few rights and much abuse

"Betrayed and killed": Davide Frattini correspondent of the "Corriere della Sera", reminded us of Najia Sidiqi, Hanifa Safi, Anisa and the other Afghan women who - after believing in Western promises and the new Constitution - were killed because they dared to do something for their fellow women. A United Nations report presented a few weeks ago, opens the painful account of the violence with the story of a fifteen year old girl who set herself on fire: beaten daily by her husband and father-in-law, and when she reported the crime to the police she was told to keep quiet and to return home . The Independent Commission for Human Rights has recorded 4,100 cases of violence in the first few months of 2012, almost double the amount of the previous year. It is true that the numbers are also growing because many have found the courage to report the crimes, however - as the UN dossier for which the journalist wrote, points out - in 16 of the 34 provinces only 21 per cent of the cases led to convictions. Magistrates, judges and police officers have begun to apply the law of 2009 for the elimination of violence against women (which punishes, amongst other things, forced marriage, rape, domestic violence, women being bought and sold with the excuse of settling clan disputes), but the road towards the real protection of women and a true recognition of their equality is still a long one. "The activists - concludes Frattini - know that women risk being the victims of the negotiations with the Taliban."

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