Thursday, April 02, 2009

Afghanistan legalizes domestic rape?

A new law for the Shia Muslims of Afghanistan, making up 20% of the total population, states that it is illegal for a woman to refuse her husband sex.

It will also be illegal for a woman to leave the house, see a doctor, or get a job without her husband's permission.

Nothing strange about the last part, many Muslims abide by rules Europeans and Americans would never tolerate in this day and age. But, as Jan Egeland, former UN Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator stated;
"you cannot expect a tribal society to move from middeaval laws to becoming Switzerland or Norway in only a few years".

Still, the global society is reacting - it seems cultural relativism only goes so far when it comes to making rape the accepted norm - whether or not it is considered as such in a given society.

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