Michelle Goldberg on controversial Afghan marriage law

04/15/09 Mitch E. Perry
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This morning in the Afghanistan capital of Kabul, hundreds of Afghan women protested in front of the Parliament building calling on the government to modify the controversial law on marital life of Shiite women.

However, as the protesting women carried banners inscribed with slogans in favor of equality between men and women, a group of men began pelting stones at protesters in an attempt to disperse them. Police cordoned off the protestors to enable them dispersing peacefully.

Wide criticism of the law, labeled as "legalizing rape within marriage" has prompted President Hamid Karzai to review the law. The disputing law, has been signed by Karzai and believed to contain articles that rule women cannot leave the house without their husbands' permission, that they can only seek work, education or visit the doctor with their husbands' permission, and that they cannot refuse their husband sex.

Michelle Goldberg is the author of new book, The Means of Reproduction: Sex, Power and the Future of the World. Last week WMNF asked her what she makes of such a law.

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