Pillay, commenting on a U.N. report on the effectiveness of the law, said:
"The landmark law on the elimination of violence against women was a huge achievement for all Afghans, but implementation has been slow and uneven, with police still reluctant to enforce the legal prohibition against violence and harmful practices, and prosecutors and courts slow to enforce the legal protections in the law."
The report was published jointly Saturday by the U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan and U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights.
The law, enacted in 2009, is meant to curb forced self-immolation, child marriage, rape and dozens of other acts of violence against women.
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