Sunday, April 19, 2009

Afgani Law allows Men to Rape Wives

Women in Afghanistan face daily discrimination and violence. However, President Hamid Karzai has taken it to another level by signing a law that allows men to rape their wives. Recently, President Hamid Karzai put into place a kind of Muslim personal law for the shiat of Afghanistan. This is a law that many regard as quite reactionary. This law requires that wives ask their husbands permission before leaving the house. This law, as stated before, also allows the husband to forcibly rape their wives without any consequence. President Obama, just like most Americans who read this story, is appalled and disgusted with this so called 'law.' President Karzai has let it be known that he does not want any westerners interfering with this issue and could care less as to what President Obama has to say. However, Afghan women are now marching in opposition to this law. When asked why he passed such a law Karzai responded saying, "This law was signed without the knowledge of the articles in it. This law has so many articles. No one knew that this law had these details. I have asked that any article in this law be devised and any article that is not within Afghan constitution must be removed. My country is aware of this and we will deal with it appropriately." As a president of a country how do you sign a law that you dont fully understand? And if the Afghan people are 'aware' of this, as he stated, why are Afghan women protesting all around the country? Why are other countries voicing thier disgust to this law?

President Karzai also talks about his disagreements with the Obama administration.


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