Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Afghanistan's Western backed government legalizes rape

Afghanistan's President, Hamid Karzai, has signed a law which "legalises" rape, women's groups and the United Nations warn. Critics claim the president helped rush the bill through parliament in a bid to appease Islamic fundamentalists ahead of elections in August.
In a massive blow for women's rights, the new Shia Family Law negates the need for sexual consent between married couples, tacitly approves child marriage and restricts a woman's right to leave the home, according to UN papers seen by The Independent.

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Details of the law emerged after Mr Karzai was endorsed by Afghanistan's Supreme Court to stay in power until elections scheduled in August. Some MPs claimed President Karzai was under pressure from Iran, which maintains a close relationship with Afghanistan's Shias. The most controversial parts of the law deal explicitly with sexual relations. Article 132 requires women to obey their husband's sexual demands and stipulates that a man can expect to have sex with his wife at least "once every four nights" when travelling, unless they are ill. The law also gives men preferential inheritance rights, easier access to divorce, and priority in court.
A report by the United Nations Development Fund for Women, Unifem, warned: "Article 132 legalises the rape of a wife by her husband".

But isn't it great that we got rid of those awful Taliban? Can I get some more lectures from Stephen Harper about how if you oppose our Afghan adventure you are against womens rights? Can't get enough of that stuff.

1 comment:

Sikander Hayat said...

Rape is allowed! Poppy is back ( which was eradicated according to UN during the Taliban) ! Corruption is at all time high. Osama is still alive. Can anyone please tell me why is Karzai still there?

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