Services for abuse victims were not readily available. Education : While education was compulsory, free, and universal until the age of 17, large families in impoverished rural areas sometimes placed a higher priority on the education of boys and kept girls in the home to work.
According to NGO reports, millions of women continued to suffer abuse at the hands of their husbands, fathers, brothers, in-laws, armed individuals, parallel legal systems, and institutions of state, such as the police and justice systems.
These shelters assisted with approximately cases of violence against women during the year. For rape of an adult, the prison term is three to 10 years. The Ministry of Social Affairs, Justice, and Interior organized specialized training sessions for youth on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transvestite, and intersex problems oriented to reduce stigma and promote tolerance and acceptance.
Sexual Exploitation of Children : All forms of prostitution, including child prostitution, are illegal.
Debate over the bill in the Assembly was marred by homophobic remarks by some members. No laws criminalize consensual same-sex conduct between adults. An employment quota law reserves 4 percent of federal government jobs for persons with disabilities, but NGOs and advocacy groups claimed the level of disability employment achieved during the year was less than 1 percent.
Discrimination : Women who reported cases of abuse or who sought legal redress for other matters reported they experienced discrimination within the judicial system.
The clause stipulates that if the victim forgives his or her aggressor, any legal action ceases. The amendments created a protective order that automatically protects children as well. There was no absentee ballot system.
Law enforcement bodies opened a criminal investigation.