Afghan women failed by justice system as mediation favored over prosecution

April 19, 2015 9:45 AM

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KABUL, Afghanistan – The United Nations says Afghanistan's women are being failed by the country's justice system as most complaints of domestic violence are dealt with by mediation rather than prosecution.

A report released Sunday says only 5 percent of surveyed cases were resolved through the judicial system, resulting in criminal prosecution and punishment for perpetrators.

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