Holding banners slamming the absence of a law against domestic abuse and paying tribute to victims, protesters walked from the National Museum to the Justice Palace. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Thousands of women and men marched in the capital over the weekend to demand that the draft law to protect women from domestic violence be adopted, in the largest protest yet aimed at pressuring officials to pass the proposal. Holding banners slamming the absence of a law against domestic abuse and paying tribute to victims of such violence, protesters walked from the National Museum to the Justice Palace and chanted slogans condemning the "corrupt judiciary". More than 2,000 men and women took part in the Saturday demonstration organized by the anti-gender-based violence group KAFA, which has played a vital role in the adoption of the draft law at the parliamentary committee level. The protest began with a 20-minute play about a young girl who was married to a "handsome" man and fell victim to domestic violence. Holding a relatively large banner that read "From the street to the legislative house: Approve the draft law to protect women from domestic violence," the mothers of two victims of domestic abuse led the protest.The relatives preferred to remain silent, leaving the protesters to defend their cause.
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