This is just unconscionable! This country must be full of pedophiles to allow this to happen in their country. These babies don’t deserve to bleed to death on their wedding night like an eight year old did a couple of years ago. These people who do this kind of thing are evil!
If you are an Iraqi Shia Muslim woman, your hope for emancipation from oppressive gender inequality has just been dimmed considerably by fresh legislation being currently considered in the Iraqi Parliament that would apply to the majority of Iraq’s 36 million population.
The draft law would legalize rape within marriage, declaring a husband’s right to demand sex regardless of consent. The minimum legal age for marriage would be lowered to 9 years old for girls and 15 years old for boys; girls even younger than nine would, with parental consent, be permitted to marry, adding to Iraq’s already growing child marriage problem.
Under the new law, a Muslim woman would not be allowed to leave the home without her husband’s approval, and Muslim men would be prohibited from marrying non-Muslim women. In divorce cases, the law would automatically side with the husband, granting him custody over any child age two or older.
Called the “Jaafari Personal Status Law” and based on the Jaafari School of Shia religious jurisprudence, the draft proposal, first approved in February by Iraq’s Council of Ministers, must now be approved by the Iraqi parliament.
Human Rights Watch (HRW), the organization located in New York City that draws international attention to human rights violations worldwide, has denounced the law, citing numerous violations of Iraq’s own legal protections for its citizens and residents.
The draft legislation would breach the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CADAW), ratified by Iraq in 1986, by granting fewer rights to women and girls simply on the basis of their gender.
In 1994 Iraq ratified the Convention on Rights of the Child, which would be violated by legalizing child marriage. Wedlock is frequently forced on young girls, putting them at risk for sexual abuse and placing them at the mercy of consequences from harmful decisions made if there is a divorce, often not in the best interests of the child.
HRW also pointed out that in legalizing marital rape, the new law ignores Article 2 of the Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women. “Passage of the Jaafari law would be a disastrous and discriminatory step backward for Iraq’s women and girls,” said Joe Stork, deputy Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch. “This personal status law would only entrench Iraq’s divisions while the government claims to support equal rights for all.”
Imagine also a country – the only one in the world – where women are banned from driving. There, according to Deutsche Welle, every adult woman, regardless of her economic or social status, must have permission from her ‘male guardian’ to work, travel, study, seek medical care and marry. Being deprived of any kind of meaningful participation in public life, she is also prohibited from making even the most trivial decisions on behalf of her children. In Saudi Arabia, a woman daily experiences gender apartheid and is treated as a “perpetual minor”, as HRW maintains.
It is also in Saudi Arabia where education is tailored to reinforce discriminatory gender roles based on “women’s nature and future role as wives and mothers.” The Saudi labor code, enacted in 2006, requires adherence to Sharia, in that “women shall work in all fields suitable to their nature” (article 149), resulting in a marginalization of women that borders on total exclusion from the Saudi workforce. If a male guardian desires for any reason that his woman should no longer work away from the home, her employer will fire her or force her to resign, period.
Even a Saudi woman’s fundamental right to health and health care is jeopardized by the male “guardianship” system. Health officials, depending on their religious orientation, may require the guardian’s permission for a woman to be “admitted, discharged, or to administer a medical procedure on her or her children.”
In an applicable incident last July, a car chase involving religious police resulted in a dead driver, with his wife and daughter critically injured. An amputation of the wife’s hand was postponed at King Fahd Hospital in Baha because no legal male guardian was present to authorize the procedure.
Another agonizing reality for Saudi women suffering with domestic violence, is the near impossibility of seeking protection or legal recourse because the male guardian’s authorization must be obtained in order to file a criminal complaint, even if it is filed against the guardian himself!
And most deplorable is Saudi Arabia’s application of a personal law system based on the Hanbali School of Islamic Jurisprudence, the most strict and literal among the Sunni schools of jurisprudence. Its ramifications give unilateral authority to a male guardian to marry off his female dependent without her consent, allowing him to dissolve a marriage he perceives as unsuitable.
The New York Times reports that deeply conservative Muslim societies within Morocco identify with Islamic gender inequality with respect to family inheritance issues. Included in the inheritance law section of the family code is a statute laid down in the Quran, which states that male relatives will receive double the inheritance of women.
Despite the country guaranteeing gender equality in a new constitution passed three years ago, Moroccan women believe true equality is still far off on the horizon because so much of the old order remains unchanged.
Though pressure for change is mounting, the reality is that women may be reluctant to challenge Islamic traditions that discriminate against them. “Women are very attached to the book and it is very clear on inheritance,” said Sonia Terrab, a Moroccan novelist, referring to the Quran. “If given the choice, they will reject reform. There needs to be a strong state that imposes it until it becomes a solid gain in two or three generations.”
While the elite of western culture are currently engaging in “second wave feminism“, debating whether offensive words such as “bossy” should be legally eliminated when describing a woman, the world witnesses demoralization at its extreme in the lives of so many Muslim women, who are anchored to a religion that breeds and fosters the cadre of authority to which they must conform. As long as the state perpetuates these atrocities through its laws, the oppressive assault on Islamic women will be most difficult to uproot from that core.
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