Thursday, June 13, 2013

Afghan parliament upholds right to marry children

Soon-to-be-wed Faiz Mohammed (left), 40, and Ghulam Haider, 11, are pictured at her home in a rural village
of Damarda in Afghanistan's Ghor province in 2008.
(WT) Afghanistan's parliament has rejected a measure that would have barred men from marrying girls younger than 16, saying the proposal ran counter to Islamic ideology.

The measure also would have banned “baad, [the] traditional practice of buying or selling women to settle disputes,” and outlawed criminal charges being imposed on rape victims, Breitbart reported. Rape victims in Afghanistan often are charged with fornication or adultery.