Afghan women pelted during protest

ABOUT 300 Afghan women were pelted by stones as they protested yesterday over a new law they say legalises marital rape.

Police struggled to keep opponents away from them in Kabul.

The law, passed last month, says a husband can demand sex with his wife every four days unless she is ill or would be harmed by intercourse.

Women’s rights activists scheduled a protest yesterday attended by mostly young women. However, the group was swamped by counter-protesters — both men and women — who shouted down the women’s chants.

Some picked up gravel and stones and threw them at the women, while others shouted “Death to the slaves of the Christians.”

Female police held hands around the group to create a protective barrier.

The government of President Hamid Karzai has said the Shi’ite family law is being reviewed by the Justice Department and will not be implemented in its present form. Governments and rights groups around the world have condemned the legislation.


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