Egyptian "Farewell Intercourse" law allowing Husbands to have sex with dead wives

Egypt’s Islamist-dominated parliament is set to introduce a law allowing husbands to have sex with their dead wives up to six hours after death. Critics fear it highlights a trend of increasingly anti-female legislation since the Arab Spring.
­The “farewell Intercourse” bill was inspired by a Fatwa issued by a Moroccan cleric last year. Zamzami Abdul Bar said that since the two would meet in Heaven again anyway, death shouldn’t get in the way of one last post-mortem marital romp.

Critics have slammed the law as “catastrophic.” Prominent journalist and TV host Jaber al-Qarmouty used his program on Tuesday to lash out at the proposed law.
“This is unbelievable. It is a catastrophe to give the husband such a right! Has the Islamic trend reached that far? Is there really a draft law in this regard? Are there people thinking in this manner,” he lamented on air.
Egypt’s National Council for Women (NCW) also called on Parliament not to adopt this and other measures which they believe increasingly seek to roll back women’s rights.
The NTC further charges that "marginalizing and undermining the status of women would negatively affect the country's human development.”
Along with the rather grim “farewell Intercourse” draft law, parliament is also set to approve legislation that would allow girls as young as 14 to get married.
Lawmakers are also seeking to eliminate a reform implemented over a decade ago that allows women to end unhappy or abusive marriages without interference from their spouses.
NCW head Dr. Mervat al-Talawi sent a message to the People’s Assembly speaker outlining the plight of women in post-revolutionary Egypt.
Apart from the controversial marriage reforms, she also reportedly appealed to parliament not to legislate away a woman’s right to education and employment under the guise of religion, Al Arabiya reports.
But with the Muslim Brotherhood securing the biggest bloc in parliament and posed to take the presidency in next month’s elections, the rights women enjoyed during the Mubarak era may soon be a thing of the past.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2135434/Outrage-Egypt-plans-farewell-intercourse-law-husbands-sex-dead-wives-hours-AFTER-death.html

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Comment by Daniel W on May 3, 2012 at 2:57pm

I guess I'm more concerned about allowing marriage for 14 year old girls.  And taking away the right of women to divorce abusive or obnoxious husbands.  

I think sex with a dead loved one is gross - who would do that? - but what is the victimization in that?  In the US, we drain blood from dead people, pump toxic chemicals into their blood vessels, sew their anus and lips shit, apply makeup and dress them up for people to see a few days later.  We pay thousands for a luxurious, fancy box to put them into.  After that, we either burn them in a furnace, or bury them in the box, sealed in another box, under the dirt. 

My main concern about the sex-with-dead-wife thing being drawing attention away from the abuse of teenage girls and wives.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 3, 2012 at 2:39pm

So these guys want to endorse necrophilia (for all intents and purposes), eh?  Sadly, that's no more fucked up than some of the other pronouncements that come out of islam!

Comment by matt warren on May 3, 2012 at 1:10pm

HOLY SHIT! I think these "clerics" just say anything that they can think of that is so fucking outrageous just to see how far people will believe their abstract, perverted crap religion! i mean...SERIOUSLY...WHAT THE FUCK?!?!?!?!?!?

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