For all those who partake, be darn glad you don't live in Afghanistan. There you'd get a prison term. The woman, that is. Actually half the women in prison are there for sex 'crimes' or running away from their husbands who many were forced to marry in the first place or maybe even sold to them.
When word got out about a 19 year old serving 12 years who was raped by a relative and gave birth in prison, five thousand people signed a petition urging she be released.
Talk about nitpicking details. Rape being considered, for legal purposes, as sex outside of wedlock!
Well, the pressure seems to have worked. Karzai, that pillar of law, order and ethics, pardoned the woman. Was it the 5000 signatures? Nope. She agreed to marry the rapist!
We're supporting this nation why? Okay, we're leaving. And we should. As one nation, even if we had the strongest leadership in the world (forget we once did), we would not be able to change their mindset. It's the way they have functioned for centuries. It is the bedrock of their male dominated culture. Women are possessions. Nothing more.
It isn't that they don't know how other cultures function. Their leaders have visited this country often enough as well as other western countries to know that women are valued, contributing members of society. They just don't want them to be such in their own country.
The view that they hate us for our decadent ways doesn't seem to hold much water. To me it's the result of a huge inferiority complex. They can accomplish nothing without corruption. Let's face it. They are inept. One way to feel superior is to pick on the weaker. In this case by using archaic laws to enslave women.
My, what big macho men they are. What role models. What paragons of virtue. What sorry excuses for human beings.