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January-31-00

Taliban Criticizes Egypt Over Easier Divorces for Women

Afghanistan's extremist Taliban militia spoke out against the decision by Egypt's parliament for passing a law making it easier for women seeking to divorce their husbands.

Taliban spokesman Abdul Hai Mutmaen said "we consider the ruling as oppression."

The Taliban control 90 percent of Afghanistan and since taking control have barred most women from working for pay, going to school, or even leaving their homes without a close male relative.

The parliament's decision in Egypt gives women a second option when filing for divorce. Women may now file a request for divorce based on incompatibility. Government statistics show that some 1.5 million requests for divorce are filed by women in Egypt each year.

Media Resources: Reuters - January 31, 2000 and New York Times - January 28, 2000


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