Legalizing rape in Afghanistan
So it appears to be true that Hamid Karzai’s government is planning to support legislation that would legalize rape within marriage. Oy – this is the country where we’re spending billions of dollars on our military involvement alone. The public outcry (starting in earnest from what I’ve seen on the web today) is understandable.
Two important things to keep in mind though:
And then, even further caveats for both those facts: first, new school attendees in Afghanistan are overwhelmingly male (if the globeandmail.com article is correct). Also, while we allowed men to rape their wives right up until the 80s, we never condoned another key element of Karzai’s new legislation: forbidding women to leave the home or see a doctor without their husbands’ permission.
Oy is all I can say. We desperately need creative ideas for how to approach these kinds of intense cultural differences. I don’t suppose anyone has any lying around?