New Law in Afghanistan Allows Men to Deny Food to Wives Who Refuse Sex–oh, and there’s good news in rape law as well

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1, 2, 3, what are we fighting for? (Thanks to Country Joe and the Fish).  Apparently, for the rights of Afghan men to deny their wives food and sustenance if they refuse to fulfill their husbands’ sexual requests; for laws granting guardianship of children exclusively  to fathers and grandfathers; for Afghan women to be required to get permission to work; and for rapists to avoid prosecution by paying “blood money” to women injured by rape (injury, no doubt, meaning physical injury, not the psychic horror of being violated).  The report is by Human Rights watch; the story is in the Guardian.

-Leigh Goodmark

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