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Violence against Afghan women more frequent, brutal in 2013: official

Published on Jan 4, 2014 9:56 PM

KABUL (REUTERS) - Violent crime against women in Afghanistan hit record levels and became increasingly brutal in 2013, the head of its human rights commission said on Saturday, a sign that hard won rights are being rolled back as foreign troops troops prepare to withdraw.

Restoring fundamental women's rights after the Taleban were ousted by a United States-led coalition of troops in 2001 was cited as one of the main objectives of the war.

Under the Taleban, women were forced to wear the head-to-toe covering burqa and barred from leaving their homes without being escorted by a male relative. Schools for girls were shut down.

Ms Sima Samar, chair of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC), told Reuters in a telephone interview that the brutality of attacks on women had greatly intensified.

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