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Afghanistan's Rape Law is Modified LOL

Updated on April 23, 2009

The Afghanistan government under President Karzai has finally succumbed to international pressure for a logical explanation that Westerners would understand. Here are the official reasons provided:

  • The law only applies to the 15 percent of Afghans who are Shia muslims.
  • Its sexual clauses aimed only to ensure men's sexual needs were met
    within marriage, because Islam prohibited them seeking satisfaction
    with other women.
  • It should not be compulsory for the wife to say yes all the time,
    because some men have more sexual desires than others.
  • Husbands should never force themselves on their wives and
    the law does not sanction that.
  • If women want more freedom of movement, they can ask for it to be included in their marriage contract: If the man says no, she can marry someone else.
  • In Afghanistan most marriages are arranged and women's low social
    status would make it hard for most to refuse a union.

The new amendment to the rape provision now lets men refuse to feed wives who deny them sex, the cleric behind it says. So, if you a woman and married and are a Shia Muslim and your husband wants to sex you four times a week and you say a no that is not considered to be a "valid" reason (there is no "just say no" in this backward country) then, your husband can starve you until you do sex him. LOL, what a choice the woman has. Sounds like a real coercive torture law to me. The U.S. President Barack Obama called it "abhorrent". Yet, has little persuasive ability.

The law allows women to work, so they could theoretically refuse sex and support themselves, but in mainly rural Afghanistan most women are dependent on husbands. It is milder than the severe restrictions imposed by the Sunni Muslim Taliban, who banned all women and girls from any work or study, and from leaving the home without a male relative.

The bottom line is that a wife has a duty to fill the sexual needs of her husband whether she wants to or not. The best thing for Afghan women can do is not marry or live elsewhere, as the way the war is going, at best it will remain unchanged. At worse, the Taliban will return. Afghanistan is a lost cause in many ways.


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      perrya 8 years ago

      I agree..........

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      Anon 8 years ago

      I know you're laughing at the irony but I don't see how this is funny. At all. It's absolutely disgusting and devastating. To think that progress was being made.