Thursday, April 16, 2009

Marital Rape

What do Idaho and Afghanistan have in common? Both governments permit marital rape.


Chapter 18 of the Idaho criminal code states that
18-6107.  RAPE OF SPOUSE. No person shall be convicted of rape for any act
or acts with that person's spouse, except under the circumstances cited in
paragraphs 3. and 4. of section 18-6101, Idaho Code.
The exceptions noted include threats of violence, the use of force or a weapon, or the use of drugs to carry out the rape. Nineteen other states and the District of Columbia do not have these exemptions.

World-wide criticism has been heaped on the Karzai government and both houses of Parliament. President Karzai is reported to be looking for an exit strategy. I find it interesting that states like Idaho are not subject to the same level of criticism. The message in Afghanistan and Idaho is clear - women do not enjoy the same civil liberties as men.

No comments: