Saturday, April 4, 2009

Bad news re: Afghan family law

Read the New York Times story here, including a report of President Hamid Karzai's commitment to scrutinize the laws, which permit marital rape. Here is a short excerpt:

Human rights officials have criticized the law, in particular for the restrictions it places on when a woman can leave her house, and for stating the circumstances in which she has to have sex with her husband.

A Shiite woman would be allowed to leave home only “for a legitimate purpose,” which the law does not define. The law also says, “Unless the wife is ill, the wife is bound to give a positive response to the sexual desires of her husband.”

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