As separatist violence increases in the war-torn region of Kashmir, fundamentalist militants have seized the opportunity to terrorize and persecute women living in the surrounding areas. A relatively unknown militia, known as the Lashkar-e-Jabar, have announced that women in Srinagar must wear a burqa, which covers a woman from head to toe with only a small mesh opening to see through, or be punished. The Laskkar-e-Jabar recently claimed responsibility for acid attacks in Srinagar on women who were not wearing veils. This decree is similar to the restrictions imposed upon women living under Taliban rule in nearby Afghanistan, where the extremist militia has imposed a draconian system of gender apartheid banning women from work and education.
12/9/2013 Mixed Results for Afghanistan's Anti-Violence Against Women Law - The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released their annual report on violence against women in Afghanistan yesterday, revealing mixed results of the country's Elimination of Violence against Women Law.
"A Way to Go: An Update on Implementation of the Law on the Elimination of Violence against Women in Afghanistan [PDF]," found that there was a 28 percent increase in reports of violence against women from 2012 to 2013 , but only 17 percent of those were prosecuted under EVAW - a small 2 percent increase from last year.
The law, which was issued by the executive decree of President Hamid Karzai in 2009, criminalizes 22 acts of violence against women and specifies punishment for perpetrators. . . .