Marital Rape is Now Legal in Afganistan

What the shit? ABC news reports that:

The law — which some lawmakers say was never debated in parliament — is intended to regulate family life inside Afghanistan’s Shiite community, which makes up about 20 percent of this country of 30 million people. The law does not affect Afghan Sunnis.

One of the most controversial articles stipulates the wife “is bound to preen for her husband as and when he desires.”

“As long as the husband is not traveling, he has the right to have sexual intercourse with his wife every fourth night,” Article 132 of the law says. “Unless the wife is ill or has any kind of illness that intercourse could aggravate, the wife is bound to give a positive response to the sexual desires of her husband.”

Sayed Hossain Alemi Balkhi, a Shiite lawmaker involved in drafting it, defended the legislation saying it gives more rights to women than even Britain or the United States does. He said the law makes women safer and ensures the husband is obliged to provide for her.

Alemi Balkhi is right, the law does give women more rights. The right to be raped.  I’m glad to be deprived of that right.

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9 Responses

  1. Stuff like this makes it rather hard for me to not consider parts of the world backwards wastes.

  2. how very colonialist of you.

    • I don’t think Kel’s comments are strictly “colonialist.” If he had said, “Parts of the world are backwards wastes, and only white people can fix them,” then they would be “colonialist” and entirely inappropriate, yes. But I don’t think a “colonizing” impulse is behind every declaration of another culture being behind the moral curb.
      Not every “progressive” who says the Scandinavian countries are better arranged than the States is anti-American; not every person who characterizes legalized marital rape as “backwards” is a racist or imperialist.

      • Colonialism is not restricted to thinking white people are better.

        What I find offensive about Kel’s comment is that it insinuates that there is nothing good about those parts of the world, they’re “backwards wastes” just because they allow rape. While I am totally against the legalization of rape I am also against condemning a whole culture based on one bad decision.

  3. Is any culture better than another?

  4. Logical Operator: I think Kel was using hyperbole–somewhat crassly, but I think the insinuaiton was it was still hyperbole. He would probably concede some redeeming feature of Afghani culture, but still never reccomend anyone relocate there.
    Katie: Yes. Unequivocally yes. But that question was probably aimed at Logical Operator, am I correct?

  5. Just sort of thrown out there for general commentary.

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