Women's Rights Bill Deemed Too Offensive in Afghanistan
Religious lawmakers call measure 'un-Islamic'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 18, 2013 1:40 PM CDT
An Afghan woman peers through the the eye slit of her burqa as she waits to try on a new burqa in a shop in the old town of Kabul, Afghanistan.    (Anja Niedringhaus)

(Newser) – Religious lawmakers in Afghanistan blocked legislation today aimed at strengthening provisions for women's freedoms, arguing that parts of it violate Islamic principles and encourage disobedience. The law criminalizes, among other things, child marriage and forced marriage, and bans the traditional practice of exchanging girls and women to settle disputes. It makes domestic violence a crime punishable by up to three years in prison and specifies that rape victims should not face criminal charges for fornication or adultery.

Khalil Ahmad Shaheedzada, a conservative lawmaker for Herat province, said the legislation was withdrawn shortly after being introduced in parliament because of an uproar by religious parties who said parts of the law are un-Islamic. "Whatever is against Islamic law, we don't even need to speak about it," Shaheedzada said. The female lawmaker trying to get it passed said she was disappointed because some of her fellow females in parliament opposed it.

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Drewzy
May 19, 2013 11:14 PM CDT
The GOP is alive and well in Afghanistan!
1freeusa
May 19, 2013 8:01 PM CDT
those sick bastards need to be exterminated like the disease to humanity they are.
vlad
May 19, 2013 3:04 PM CDT
when the law is unjust , only the unjust refuse to change it !