Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Not Liberation

President Hamed Karzai supports a new law in the Afghanistan we're supposedly liberating:

The law regulates personal matters like marriage, divorce, inheritance and sexual relations among Afghanistan's minority Shia community. "It's about votes," Ms Karokhail added. "Karzai is in a hurry to appease the Shia because the elections are on the way." ... 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.
Whatever might pull Afghanistan to uphold everyone's human rights, the current approach is evidently not pulling that direction. Something fundamental needs to change in the approach, and soon.

4 comments:

TheDeviantE said...

Depressingly, some female politicians (in Afghanistan) are trying to dub this a win since they managed to get the "marrying age" of children up to 16.... FROM NINE.

For more information (and wonderful feminist snark) go to:

http://shakespearessister.blogspot.com/2009/03/afghanistan-law-effectively-legalizes.html

At least tomorrow is my "sit at home and write letters to people" day.

Dale said...

DeviantE, I wish you hadn't told me that (age 9 to 16 as "progress").

No, correction: I wish it hadn't happened and that this could be just a big unfunny april fools joke.

Sigh.

Thanks for the comment.

UNRR said...

What about our close friend & ally Saudia Arabia? "A girl aged 10 or 12 can be married. Those who think she's too young are wrong and they are being unfair to her." That's Saudi Arabia's top cleric.And a judge refused to annul a marriage between an 8 year old and a man of 47.

Dale said...

Ah, god's sweet love, how it shines.

The 'religion of peace' is a little short on the peace.