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Afghanistan, too

In Afghanistan, too, marital immunity for rape is being hotly debated. In March, the President signed a law entitling men to sexual access to their wives’ bodies every four days – in effect, legalising marital rape. This was accompanied by other proposals marking Afghan women out as property of their husbands: for example, requiring them to obtain permission before leaving their homes. This was met by intense domestic protest, with hundreds of women taking to the streets of Kabul, and widespread international outcry.

This has had a welcome effect. Earlier this week, Afghan Justice Ministry officials announced they were backing down.

Like the Afghan demonstrators, we too must make our voices heard. The signatories on this petition have increased to more than 600, and now include – in addition to the notable figures we mentioned a few days ago – NMP Siew Kum Hong, TV presenter Anita Kapoor, playwright Ovidia Yu, legal academic Associate Professor Chan Wing Cheong, former NTU Associate Professor Alfred Choi, and radio emcee Joe Augustin.

Our numbers are growing, but if we work together to keep spreading the message, we can do even better. So keep up the good work of circulating this URL through blogs, email and social media. Sign up for our newsletter. And please keep coming back to the blog. In the coming weeks, we will announce many more exciting actions we can all take to help create a victory for justice in Singapore.

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3 Responses to “Afghanistan, too”

  1. Rape is Rape.

    Rape is Violence.

    Why should violence and injustice be tolerated in 1st World Singapore?

    Being a grandpa who just celebrated his 58th birthday, until now, I did not know that Singapore law allows you to rape your wife. Being “1st World”, this is a sordid joke indeed!

    I have just signed the petition to the PM after reading Mr Siew Kum Hong’s blog.

    My question to PM Lee:
    When you are feeling randy and have the urge to screw but wifey Ho Ching is not up to it, do you force yourself on her? If you do, you are worst than the lowest form of animal. If you don’t, please use your power to prevent this abuse.

    Having been married for more than 30 years, situations as above happened in my life too. Solution: Abstain (better option)or Jerk off!
    Call me a wimp, but using violence to satisfy my sexual urge is not my cup of tea. It is revolting, hurtful and goes against my grain.

    If the petition to the PM falls on deaf ears, we must learn to be kind to animals!

    feedmetothefish

  2. Rape is Rape.

    Rape is Violence.

    Why should violence and injustice be tolerated in 1st World Singapore?

    Being a grandpa who just celebrated his 58th birthday, until now, I did not know that Singapore law allows you to rape your wife. Being “1st World”, this is a sordid joke indeed!

    I have just signed the petition to the PM after reading Mr Siew Kum Hong’s blog.

    My question to PM Lee:
    When you are feeling randy and have the urge to screw but wifey Ho Ching is not up to it, do you force yourself on her? If you do, you are worst than the lowest form of animal. If you don’t, please use your power to prevent this abuse.

    Having been married for more than 30 years, situations as above happened in my life too. Solution: Abstain (better option)or Jerk off!
    Call me a wimp, but using violence to satisfy my sexual urge is not my cup of tea. It is revolting, hurtful and goes against my grain.

    If the petition to the PM falls on deaf ears, we must learn to be kind to animals!

    feedmetothefish

  3. admin says:

    Dear feedmetothefish

    Thank you for supporting the No To Rape message, and for your comments. It is really good to hear from people who recognise that sex should be mutually desired rather than something forced onto the reluctant.

    On a side note, however, we ask that commentors refrain from personalising the discussion by imagining sexual violence against specific individuals. Many people would be rather alarmed to see their names used in that way. Since we can have equally productive conversations without causing that kind of discomfort, let’s aim to do that.

    Thanks once again,

    No To Rape

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