Country Afghanistan
Year 2009
Type of Measure Violence against women > Legislation
Form of Violence Child, early and forced marriage, Sexual harassment, Sexual violence

Brief Description


According to the Law on Elimination of Violence against Women (2009), commission of the following acts shall be deemed as violence against women:

  1. Rape
  2. Forcing into prostitution
  3. Recording the identity of victim and publicizing it in a manner that damages the personality of victim.
  4. Setting into flames, using chemicals or other dangerous substances
  5. Forcing into self-immolation or suicide or using poisonous or other dangerous substances
  6. Causing injury or disability
  7. Battery and laceration
  8. Selling and buying women for the purpose or under pretext of marriage
  9. Baad (retribution of a woman for a murder, to restore peace)
  10. Forced marriage
  11. Prohibiting from right of marriage or choosing husband
  12. Marriage before the legal age
  13. Abusing, humiliating, intimidating
  14. Harassment/persecution
  15. Forced isolation
  16. Forced labor
  17. Marrying more than one wife without observing the provision of Article 86 of Civil Code.

Source of Information

UNAMA