Muslim Cleric Opposes Calls To Protect Women From Marital Rape
One of Malaysia's most prominent clerics, Mufti Harussani Zakaria, has angered women's rights and human rights groups by opposing calls to protect women from rape within marriage. According to Agence France-Presse, the Human Rights Commission in Malaysia has recently urged the government to make rape within marriage a crime.
Zakaria responded to the calls stating “a husband has the right to be intimate with his wife and the wife must obey” and “if the wife refused, then the rule of ‘nusyuz’ (disobedient) applies and the husband is not required to provide financial assistance to her,” reports BBC News.
Several women’s groups have joined together to form the Joint Action Group Against Violence Against Women to support Malaysia’s Human Rights Commission in its efforts to make a new law protecting women from marital rape. They hope that their work signals husbands to stop abusing their wives, reports BBC News.
4/17/2014 Supreme Court of India Recognizes Transgender Rights - India's Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that official documents must allow transgender people to identify as a third gender and directed the federal and state governments to include transgender people, known as hijras, in welfare programs such as education, health care, and job programs.
"All documents will now have a third category marked 'transgender,'" said Laxmi Narayan Tripathi, a transgender activist who petitioned the court. . . .