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Afghanistan Legalizes Rape but Only Sometimes

The UN is in an uproar after Afghanistan's president, Hamid Karzai, hastily signed a law that legalizes rape. But, you know, only between husband and wife.

The bill, according to UN papers, says there's no need for sexual consent between married couples; approves child marriage implicitly; and, in a throwback to Taliban days, restricts a woman's right to leave her home. If you think that's bad, look at the specifics. UN papers, which London's Independent has seen, said:

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.

I bet you anything "ill" means "has period."

Why erode women's rights now? Election time! Critics say President Karzai rushed the bill through parliament to butter up fundamentalists before September elections. One senator said the bill was never even read in parliament's Upper House much less debated. Hmm. Good thing women (and girls over 12?!) have the right to vote!


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Grandpa Grandpa 8 years
There are no "Good" options. This is a country in name only. The best we can hope for is keeping the most corrupt, and most radical, most oppressive out of power. There are three major ethnic groups that have no use for the other two. Loyalties are never won, they are at best rented. It has been isolated for thousand+ years for a reason. It has nothing to offer but subsistence existence. It's only real export is Opium. If it wasn't for radical Islam, and their world wide reach, no one would waste one soldier there. literacy is rare amongst the population outside of Kabul.
flutterpie flutterpie 8 years
grandpa-what can obama and clinton do if the afghanis dont vote in karzai than we are stuck dealing with the taliban again, almost makes one wish we didnt help the afghanis overthrow the russians
Symphonee Symphonee 8 years
This a sad blow for women everywhere.
chatondeneige chatondeneige 8 years
Grandpa, they're busy watching John Stewart and listening to Rush to see if there's any way they can do a press release today talking about what a jerk some journalist is. :oy:
Grandpa Grandpa 8 years
janneth janneth 8 years
Rape, female circumcision, child marriage, this is the plight of females who have been treated as property or as inferior for the past 4000 years. Before then women ruled, property was passed down through them. Humans worshipped the goddess.
flutterpie flutterpie 8 years
god why didnt the bush admin do any research before they supported these rogue governments? karzai, malaki, and musharaff all turned out to be hacks.
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 8 years
disgusting, and i doubt being in afghanistan prevents america from attack since the taliban is not confined to afghanistan and there are so many new terrorist groups popping up each day, it doesn't make sense to say that's the reason why troops are in afghanistan. Maybe you need to go to Pakistan, Syria, Iran, Somalia, Saudi Arabia, England and Canada as well, since threats to American security seem to be appearing there.
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 8 years
I can't even talk about this, this issue offends and disgusts me so much. I try my hardest not pass judgment, but I can't help but put myself in one of these women's shoes.
MeganJ28 MeganJ28 8 years
this is outrageous.
laurelm laurelm 8 years
splork- we are there not to improve the lifestyle of just the Afghanistans- but to avoid and prevent future attacks in the world. If we do not prevent extremist groups like the Taliban and al Queda from growing and increasing- OUR country will be at risk. There are more reasons involved but to say it does not benefit us is inaccurate.
metallicnymph metallicnymph 8 years
genesisrocks genesisrocks 8 years
Ugh, disgusting. Here's the time I count my blessings to be born in America
GKitty GKitty 8 years
Ill=Crazy...Now try it!!
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
"Everyday there is more and more evidence we are a horrible species bent on self destruction" I dont see this at all, but i am an optimist. So some nations are barbaric, THAT isnt humanity as a whole.
Roarman Roarman 8 years
This is terrible. Let's hope it gets defeated in the elections. Although I somehow think it won't. Too much history in this way of thinking in that region. It is really disappointing. And I too am torn aoub tus leaving them alone to their devices, because what about the young girls. Someone should look out for them. It is just a really sad situation.
zeze zeze 8 years
This is another great example of twisting religious laws and making them into horrific, disgusting policy. The Islamic law states that BOTH a man and a woman have a right to sexual gratification in a marriage, to keep marriages more alive and curb infidelity, and in the case that a man or woman find themselves sexually deprived in their marriage they may require their spouse to go to counselling or seek a divorce as one of the basic duties/rights has been neglected. THE RELIGIOUS LAW IN NO WAY PERMITS FORCED SEX!!!! How can they take that idea and turn it into "free rape cards" to be used 4 times a week is horrific, offensive, and this is one of the few times where I will irrationally say the US needs to force them to reconsider!
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 8 years
splork, I think I agree with you. It's tough though, because you have a group of people who really can't defend themselves. It's a nice idea that someone else can swoop in and free them from their oppression. The main reason I agree with you is that this "swooping" that we do really seems to backfire. I think that if the U.S. left the region, they'd be able to focus on the evils of their own governments instead of the perceived evils of the U.S.
babaloo babaloo 8 years
And we are legitimizing this barbaric culture why? I wish we would simply leave the Middle East countries alone to their own devices. Why waste time and money for a people that don't like the West anyway? I'm tired of our government running around trying to be world improvers. They don't like our culture, don't care for our politics, so let's just leave them alone.
CYL CYL 8 years
Everyday there is more and more evidence we are a horrible species bent on self destruction...but everyday there is also evidence that we are a species that is caring and about some good news to balance off this crappy news Citizen! UGh this makes me so sad..I think I'll go google pictures of cute puppies and kittens to make me feel better!
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