The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Anti-Women Law Proposed in Afghanistan

Apr 20, 2009

Hamid Karzai, Afghan president, supported a new law that would destroy whatever small amounts of moral, physical or material independence the women from the Shiite minority have kept for themselves.

In fact, such a law would touch all women in Afghanistan, turning them into victims for the sake of Karzai’s election campaign. The next presidential elections are in August and Hamid Karzai, supported by all the imperialists, expects to win again.

This law would force women to put up with rape by their husbands. They could not leave their homes without a “legitimate reason,” decided by their husbands, of course. Under this law, women would not be allowed to study, to travel or to conduct business. Women would not be allowed to go to a doctor without permission from their husband. Men could take a bride as young as 9 years of age.

This “New Law on the Family in Afghanistan” is proposed to overcome Karzai’s lack of popularity among many religious Afghanis. It shows in advance what support he is seeking for the government he expects to run: the most reactionary ideas possible–repeating the vicious moral and physical violence that was exercised against women during the rule of the Taliban up until 2001.

The law is disgusting,” said Obama, followed by Sarkozy, Angela Merkel and the secretary general of NATO. But that doesn’t mean any of them will stop supporting their puppet government nor stop sending troops to prop it up. Obama even proposed that his European allies send more troops, with the aim, supposedly says Obama, of preventing the return of “the barbarism of the Taliban.”

No, they want only the barbarism of a government they directly control!