Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Afghan women protest against law that 'legalizes rape'

Text from source : The recent law passed by the Shiite government of Afghanistan even legitimizes rape within marriage has launched dozens of women on the streets of Kabul. About to show their rejection and indignation at the approval of the rule, others to the contrary, given that support the new law.

More: Afghan women protest against law that 'legalizes rape'

Hundreds of angry Afghan women gathered outside the Kabul mosque run by a hard line Shia cleric today to protest against a law that human rights organizations claim legalizes marital rape.

About 200 women chanted slogans and carried banners outside the imposing Khatam Al Nabi mosque and seminary run by Mohammad Asif Mohseni, the cleric who has strongly promoted a law that also bans women from leaving their homes without the permission of their husbands.

Meanwhile, a roughly equal number of largely male counter-protesters shouted "Allahu Akbar" and furiously protested against what they see as largely foreign pressure to impose western cultural norms on Afghanistan.

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