Critics: Afghan 'Home Rape' Law Worse Than Taliban

Wives can't refuse sex in Karzai nod to right
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Mar 31, 2009 8:02 AM CDT
Afghan President Hamid Karzai.   (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
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(Newser) – Critics are blasting a new law in Afghanistan that forbids a woman to refuse sex with her husband or to leave home without his permission, reports the Guardian. The law, opposed by the UN, is viewed as a major step backward for women in a nation whose constitution supports equal rights. Observers believe Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed the law to curry conservative support to win reelection. An Afghan senator called the changes "worse than during the Taliban."