Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Presidential Review of Afghanistan Martial Sex Law

Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai decided yesterday to review a law applicable to "[the country's] Shiite Muslim minority that the United Nations says legalizes marital rape." Astonishingly, "the law, which applies to . . .  19 percent of the country’s 33 million people who are Shiite, says a husband can have sex with his wife every four days unless she is ill." In addition, the law "forbids a woman from working or being educated without her husband’s permission, limits women’s property rights and bars them from leaving home without spousal approval, according to the UN."

Bloomberg reports that Karzai has the staunch approval of the Obama Administration in taking this action.

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