27 April 2012
Farewell Intercourse Law: Egypt Drafts Measure To Allow Husbands To Have Sex With Dead Wives
Update: Several Egyptian sources are claiming via Twitter that the story below is false. It has been suggested by some that a rumour may have been placed by sources loyal to former dictator Hosni Mubarak. More to follow.
Egypt’s new Islamist-dominated parliament is preparing to introduce a controversial law that would allow husbands to have sex with their deceased wives up to six hours after death.
Known as the “farewell Intercourse” law, the measure is being championed as part of a raft of reforms introduced by the parliament that will also see the minimum age of marriage lowered to 14 for girls.
The proposals have sparked outrage amongst women’s rights groups, with Egypt’s National Council for Women accusing the government of “marginalising and undermining the status of women”.
The “farewell intercourse” legislation was first mooted in 2011, after a Moroccan cleric suggested sex remained legitimate even after death, whether with a man or a woman.
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According to Al Arabiya News, Dr Mervat al-Talawi, head of the country’s National Council for Women, has written to the parliament speaker pleading to not enact the laws, which would “rid women of their rights of getting education and employment”.
On Tuesday, high profile Egyptian journalist Jaber al-Qarmouty joined the chorus of disapproval.
He said: „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?”
Many of Egypt’s laws enacted to protect women’s rights were won during the Mubarak regime. Islamists are now looking to roll back these hard-won reforms as a point of “protecting families”.
Falls dieses Gesetz wirklich verabschiedet werden sollte, dann entfernt sich damit das einst so kulturell hochstehende Ägypten endgültig aus der Familie der Staaten, für die das Menschenrecht und der Respekt vor dem Tod hochstehende Werte sind.