UN says Afghanistan slow in enforcing 4-year-old law protecting women

The United Nations says that Afghan authorities have been slow in enforcing a law protecting women against forced marriages, domestic violence and rape.

An annual report issued by the U.N. mission in Afghanistan on Sunday found that although Afghan authorities registered more reports of violence against women under the four-year-old law, prosecutions and convictions remained low.

Afghanistan enacted its Elimination of Violence Against Women law in August 2009. It criminalizes child marriage, selling and buying women to settle disputes, assault and more than a dozen other acts of violence and abuse against women.