Link to the previous post:
Dozens of young women braved crowds of bearded men screaming “dogs!” on Wednesday to protest an Afghan law that lets husbands demand sex from their wives. Some of the men picked up small stones and pelted the women.
“Slaves of the Christians!” chanted the 800 or so counter-demonstrators, a mix of men and women. A line of female police officers locked hands to keep the groups apart.
The warring protests highlight the explosive nature of the women’s rights debate in Afghanistan. Both sides are girding for battle over the legislation, which has sparked an international uproar since being quietly signed into law last month.
The law says a husband can demand sex with his wife every four days, unless she is ill or would be harmed by intercourse. It also regulates when and for what reasons a wife may leave her home without a male escort.
Though the law would apply only to the country’s Shiites, who make up less than 20 percent of Afghanistan’s 30 million people, many fear its passage marks a return to Taliban-style oppression of women. The Taliban, who ruled Afghanistan from 1996-2001, required women to wear all-covering burqas and banned them from leaving home unless accompanied by a male relative.
……Governments and rights groups around the world have condemned the legislation….Afghan President Hamid Karzai has remanded the law to the Justice Department for review and put enforcement on hold.
If Karzai doesn’t tell the Shiites to take a flying fucking leap, he’s lost his mind. All of the hard won rights and freedoms that the Afghans enjoy thanks to American troops and the Afghans who fought alongside, run the risk of being destroyed if he doesn’t resolve to protect them. Thanks to their sacrifice, they have the choice not to be a ‘slave’ of anyone.
The Taliban literally brought that country to its knees with its brutal oppression. The people’s daily lives were turned into a living hell. No music, T.V. , or freedom of speech. Women and young girls were dragged out of school, beaten, and forced to live in the shadows. The Taliban dictated everything including when everyone would drop what they were doing and bow to Mecca.
Does Karzai really want to return to that kind of existence? Has he, along with those counter-protesting idiots, that short of a memory?