Afghan Women Protest Against—and for—‘Rape’ Law
Posted on Apr 15, 2009
A group of determined Afghan women took to the streets of Kabul on Wednesday, suffering chants of “Dogs!” from a much larger crowd in order to challenge a law that essentially legalizes marital rape. The AP reports on a scene that underscores the complexities of that country—there were more women among the angry counterprotesters than in the women’s rights group.
AP via Google:
“You are a dog! You are not a Shiite woman!” one man shouted to a young woman in a head scarf.
The woman, who held a banner reading “We don’t want Taliban law,” replied quietly: “This is my land and my people.”
The demonstrators chose a risky spot to hold their protest — in front of the mosque of the legislation’s main backer — and were easily outnumbered by supporters of the law. They said many women had been stopped on their way to the protest.
In the end, more women demonstrated in favor of the law than against it: A few hundred Shiite women marched with banners to join the angry men. They blamed foreigners for inciting the protests.