Afghanistan Parliament Blocks Law That Would Ban Selling Women – It’s Un-Islamic (Video)
The Afghanistan Parliament recently blocked a bill that would ban the selling of women.
The politicians said it was against Islamic Law.
Afghanistan’s parliament has blocked a law banning violence against women in what is being seen as a serious blow to the progress of women’s rights.
President Hamid Karzai approved the legislation by decree in 2009 but the country’s politicians were required to endorse it.
However, a rift between conservative and more secular members of the assembly meant the debate was deferred to a later date.
Some religious politicians argued parts of the law violate Islamic principles or encourage women to have sex outside of marriage.
They objected to at least eight articles in the legislation, including keeping the legal age for women to marry at 16, the existence of shelters for domestic abuse victims and the halving of the number of wives permitted to two…
…“Whatever is against Islamic law, we don’t even need to speak about it,” Mr Shaheedzada said.
“It is wrong that a woman and man cannot marry off their child until she is 16,” said Obaidullah Barekzai, a member from southeast Uruzgan province, where female literacy rates are among the lowest in the country.
An Afghan man must be at least 18 years old to marry.
Among the law’s provisions are criminalising child marriage and banning “baad,” the traditional practice of selling and buying women to settle disputes.
Hat Tip Banafsheh Zand
Veiled women (Burqa) in former Islamic Taliban Afghanistan as prescribed by their society. (Catholic Defender)