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.
12/9/2013 Mixed Results for Afghanistan's Anti-Violence Against Women Law - The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released their annual report on violence against women in Afghanistan yesterday, revealing mixed results of the country's Elimination of Violence against Women Law.
"A Way to Go: An Update on Implementation of the Law on the Elimination of Violence against Women in Afghanistan [PDF]," found that there was a 28 percent increase in reports of violence against women from 2012 to 2013 , but only 17 percent of those were prosecuted under EVAW - a small 2 percent increase from last year.
The law, which was issued by the executive decree of President Hamid Karzai in 2009, criminalizes 22 acts of violence against women and specifies punishment for perpetrators. . . .