'Worse than the Taliban' - new law rolls back Afghan women rights
Hamid Karzai is out to win votes and he is willing to do it at the cost of women rights in Afghanistan. The current Afghan president is backing up a law, which the UN condemns (1) legalises rape within marriage, and (2) bans wives from stepping outside their homes without their husbands' permission.
The Afghan president signed the law earlier this month despite the criticism of human rights activists and parliament members.
The final document has not been published, but the law is believed to contain articles that rule women cannot leave the house without their husbands' permission, that they can only seek work, education or visit the doctor with their husbands' permission, and that they cannot refuse their husband sex.
The Afghan president is ready to please clerics by lowering down himself to Taliban like laws in place for Afghanistan. Would the women will be able to come and vote without their husband permission ? If the Afghanistan democracy allows that, then president Karzai might be in for a little surprise in August.
After seven years leading Afghanistan, Karzai is increasingly unpopular at home and abroad and the presidential election in August is expected to be extremely closely fought. A western diplomat said the law represented a "big tick in the box" for the powerful council of Shia clerics.
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