Remind me again why we’re in Afghanistan? Oh right. So we can make sure only nice moderates like this one are in power:
A controversial bill that Afghan President Hamid Karzai promised to review before implementing quietly became law last month, allowing police to enforce language that stipulates a wife’s sexual duties and restricts a woman’s ability to leave her own home.
Karzai had promised to send the bill to parliament before it was published, but this week women’s rights advocates learned it had already become an enforceable law despite heavy international and national criticism.
The Shiite Personal Status Law which applies to the country’s minority Shiite women, was originally even more pernicious than the final version. In March a western embassy translated a portion of the law as defining a woman’s role as “readiness for sex and not leaving the house without the husband’s permission.”