An Afghan bill allowing a husband to starve his wife if she refuses to have sex has been published in the official gazette and become law.
Nothing like sanctioning coercion to bring about marital relations into balance, isn’t there?
The original version obliged Shia women to have sex with their husbands every four days at a minimum, and it effectively condoned rape by removing the need for consent to sex within marriage.
The new law
allows a man to withhold food from his wife if she refuses his sexual demands; a woman must get her husband’s permission to work; and fathers and grandfathers are given exclusive custody of children.
Women are chattel.
Biased BBC points out that the BBC report loads the word conservative into the mix:
According to the State Broadcaster “Mr Karzai is selling out Afghan women for the sake of conservative Shia support at next week’s presidential election.” Let us be clear; there is nothing that is any way “conservative” about the dark ages pathology of Shia Islam and whilst the BBC never miss the chance to couple the word “conservative”to any depraved cause, we should not let it pass unchallenged.
But then, in the BBC’s mind, hardline misogynists are probably the same thing as “conservatives.”