19 May 2013

Debate on Afghan domestic violence law halted

9:38 am on 19 May 2013

Politicians in Afghanistan have halted a debate on whether to confirm a law to prevent violence against women.

Proceedings in Parliament were brought to an end amid angry scenes after less than 15 minutes.

Traditionalists demanded a repeal of the law, which was introduced by decree by President Hamid Karzai four years ago.

Hundreds of people have been jailed under the legislation, which bans violence against women, child marriages and forced marriages.

Mullahs and other traditionalists accused President Karzai of acting against Sharia law by signing the decree in the first place.

The BBC reports the existing law will remain in force while further discussions on procedure are held