Kabul (AsiaNews/Agencies) – More than 200 male students protested in Kabul yesterday against women’s rights, calling for the repeal of a presidential decree on the ‘Elimination of Violence Against Women’, which they say is un-Islamic.
The decree bans child and forced marriage, makes domestic violence a crime and says that rape victims cannot be prosecuted for adultery. It also outlaws “ba’ad,” a traditional practice of exchanging women or girls to settle disputes or debts.
The protest came days after conservative lawmakers blocked an attempt to turn the decree into law.
Mawladad Jalali, the mullah of the university mosque, was one of the protest’s organisers. Yesterday, he called for parliament to repeal the decree. Demonstrators slammed the decree “imposed by foreigners” for violating Sharia.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai issued the decree on women’s rights three years ago as part of a series of commitments to international donors, but a lawmaker wanted to pass it in parliament to prevent any future president from reversing it.