Afghan Men May Lawfully Starve Wives Who Refuse To Have Sex With Them

afghan_woman_in_burqa.jpgAn Afghan bill allowing a husband to starve his wife if she refuses to have sex has been published in the official gazette and become law.

The original version, which caused outrage earlier this year, obliged Shia women to have sex with their husbands every four days at a minimum, and it effectively condoned rape by removing the need for consent to sex within marriage.

Women's groups say the new wording still violates the principle of equality that is enshrined in their constitution.

It allows a man to withhold food from his wife if she refuses his sexual demands; a woman must get her husband's permission to work; and fathers and grandfathers are given exclusive custody of children.

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By Sarah Rainsford
BBC Online