Women of Afghanistan Treated Like Sheep - They Wish

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Let's say I kidnap a female (and certainly most young Muslim girls married off to very old strangers are certainly kidnap victims) and I withhold food from her unless she has sex with me. If she agrees to have sex with me rather than starve, is that rape? Could I later go into court and declare that the sex was consensual because, after all, she did agree?

That is what Afghan cleric Ayatollah Mohammed Asef Mohseni claimed regarding the law he devised, saying it did not condone marital rape (1).

The new law triggered Western condemnation for restricting women's rights and brought hundreds of women out on the streets of Kabul to protest. More than 300 women faced crowds of stone-throwing neanderthal savages, screaming 'dogs' and 'Slaves of the Christians!'. One of the female protesters complained that the new law 'treats women as if we were sheep.'

Actually, if Muslim women were treated like sheep they would have more rights than they do now. Sheep certainly do not require a male relative as company when they go out. And I doubt that sheep are beaten as often as Afghan women.

All the international clamor (2) over this law has now caused the Afghan government to consider revising the law. However, since all they are going to do is make the law conform with the Afghan constitution and Islamic Sharia, it is doubtful that any meaningful changes will be made. Indeed there is still a number of conservative, anti-female legislators looking to turn back the clock to the days of the Taliban (3). But this is what happens when you allow Sharia Law to be implemented in any country.

The United States should have demanded significant and drastic social changes in Afghanistan just like we did in Japan when we occupied that country. Japanese women got the right to vote in 1946 by the simple expedient of one General's desire that it be so (4).

Those who are squeamish about the US forcing American values on another culture should really take a hard look at what the poor women of Afghanistan are reduced to under the brutality of Islamic Laws.

UK Times Online, 5 Nov 2006, They’d rather die: brief lives of the Afghan slave wives

Three months ago Gul Zam poured petrol over her body and set herself alight. To her it was the only way out of a marriage so abusive that her husband Abdul had beaten her until her clothes were soaked in blood.

“I felt all other ways were blocked,” she whispered. “My husband and his family treated me like a slave. But I could not go back to my family because of the shame that would bring. So I crawled into the yard, poured a can of petrol over me and lit a match.”

Five years after the Taliban were ousted from Kabul, the number of Afghan women setting fire to themselves because they cannot bear their lives has risen dramatically.

Gul Zam’s husband and in-laws watched her burning and did nothing. She was saved by a neighbour who poured a bucket of water over her, wrapped her in a sheet and rushed her to hospital. After the doctors removed the sheet, tearing the blisters, she spent 10 days in a coma. Her head had been fused to her chest by the burns. She has endured several operations and will need at least six more before she can move her arms.

Unfortunately, the twin diseases of multiculturalism and tolerance of another religion (even if that religion is primitive, barbaric, savage, and anti-Western) have made it impossible these days for a victorious army to administer the correct medication, true democracy, as we did after WWII to Germany and Japan.

I expect in the coming years for the United States to be at war with almost every Muslim nation. Unless we eliminate the cancer of Shariah Law in those countries as we take them over, we will be saddled with a thousand years of conflict.



UK Mail Online, 17 Apr 2009, New Afghan law does not allow marital rape... but lets men refuse to feed wives who deny them sex, says cleric

A new Afghan law that has drawn Western condemnation for restricting women's rights does not allow marital rape as its critics claim, but lets men refuse to feed wives who deny them sex, the cleric behind it says.

Ayatollah Mohammed Asef Mohseni's Shi'ite personal status law sparked controversy abroad because of a provision that 'a wife is obliged to fulfil the sexual desires of her husband'.

This was read by some as an open door to marital rape, and together with clauses restricting women's freedom of movement denounced as reminiscent of harsh Taliban-era rules.

The law has been criticised by Western leaders with troops fighting in Afghanistan, including U.S. President Barack Obama, who called it 'abhorrent'.

Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai, who signed the law last month, has since put it under review.

But Mohseni said the law - which only applies to the 15 percent of Afghans who are Shi'a muslims - has been misinterpreted by critics.

Its sexual clauses aimed only to ensure men's sexual needs were met within marriage, because Islam prohibited them seeking satisfaction with other women.

'Why should a man and woman get married if there is no need for a sexual relationship? Then they are like brother and sister,' he told Reuters in an interview in his recently built central Kabul mosque and university complex.

'A man and wife can negotiate how often it is reasonable to sleep together, based on his sex drive, and a woman has a right to refuse if she has a good reason,' said the bearded cleric.
Hundreds of Afghan women were pelted with stones as they protested against a law which would effectively legalise marital rape

Hundreds of Afghan women were pelted with stones as they protested against a law which would effectively legalise marital rape

'It should not be compulsory for the wife to say yes all the time, because some men have more sexual desires than others,' he said, adding that husbands should never force themselves on their wives and the law does not sanction that.

But women do have a duty to meet their husband's needs.

'If a woman says no, the man has the right not to feed her,' Mohseni said.

The law allows women to work, so they could theoretically refuse sex and support themselves, but in mainly rural Afghanistan most women are dependent on husbands.

The law is milder than the severe restrictions imposed by the Sunni Muslim Taliban, who banned all women and girls from any work or study, and from leaving the home without a male relative. But opponents still consider it a step backwards.

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CNN, Afghanistan to change controversial 'rape' law

The Afghan government will change a law that critics say legalizes rape within marriage for Shia Muslims, President Hamid Karzai told CNN Thursday.

Karzai told CNN's Fareed Zakaria that he and others were unaware of the provision in the legislation, which he said "has so many articles." Karzai signed the measure into law last month.

"Now I have instructed, in consultation with clergy of the country, that the law be revised and any article that is not in keeping with the Afghan constitution and Islamic Sharia must be removed from this law," Karzai said.

The president's comments came one day after several hundred demonstrators faced off over the law, which critics say prevents women from declining their husband's request for sexual intercourse and essentially legalizes marital rape.


CNN, 9 Apr 2009, Afghanistan 'rape' law puts women's rights front and center

According to lawmakers who opposed the bill, conservative legislators are pushing back any progress made for women's rights in Afghanistan after the brutal oppression under the Taliban regime.

From 1996 to 2001, under the Sunni fundamentalist government of the Taliban, women were not allowed to leave their homes without being escorted by a male relative, and girls were not allowed to go to school.

When women did leave their homes, they were required to wear a blue burqa, which covered their bodies from head to toe. The only opening was a small net that provided an eyehole for the women to see through.

Women remember those days with despair.

One female teacher, who asked not to be named, said that during the Taliban regime, she was stopped at the market by the Taliban and beaten with a whip. Her crime: She wore a shawl covering her body instead of a burqa. She says she was too poor to purchase a real burqa.

After that beating, she was stuck in her home for months until someone was able to give her a used burqa. But even then, she didn't know how to function wearing the suffocating fabric.

"I remember stepping out of a taxi with my son, and my foot was caught inside the burqa, making me fall out of the taxi onto mud. And everyone started laughing. It was humiliating," she said.

Women in Afghanistan can still be seen wearing burqas. But Koofi says advances have been made for women's rights in recent years. In some cases, it's as simple as putting on makeup and walking down city streets.


www2.gol.com/users/friedman, Women in Japanese Society: Their Changing Roles

The Americans introduced many reforms to Japanese society. They rewrote the Japanese Constitution, outlawing war, ensuring Parliamentary rule, encouraging union activity, and reducing the Emperor to the position of a normal human being. MacArthur was a godsend for women's rights in Japan. MacArthur spoke of the "essential equalities"20 of the sexes, women suffrage came in 1946, all inequalities in laws were ended, high schools became coed, 26 women's universities were opened, and nationwide there were now 2,000 female police officers. A Labor Standards Law was passed in 1947, it had regulations which covered equal pay, working hours, maternity leave, menstruation leave (2 days a month), and holiday leave. Unfortunatley, the provisions of this law are rarely, if ever, enforced. It is worth noting that in spite of lax enforcement, Japan enacted the equal pay for equal work law 16 years before a similar law was passed in the United States.

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