Afghan Men Win 'Right' to Starve Wives

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A law that allows men to starve their wives if they refuse to obey sexual demands is set take effect in Afghanistan.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai ratified the law ahead of this week's election.
    
The move has stunned human rights groups, who accuse the president of selling out Afghan women for votes.
    
Under the new law, women will also have to get permission from their husbands to leave their houses.
    
For some, this new law is about upholding Islamic values, but for others, it is another opportunity to denigrate women.

"You know, Afghanistan is Islamic country," said Ahmed Wali Karzai, campaign manager for Hamid Karzai. "Afghanistan is not America."

"It somehow approaches women as a second class citizen and approaches women more as property than a human being," said Orzala Nemat of the Afghan Women's Network.

Karzai is running for re-election this week and needs the support of the Shiite community, which the law primarily affects.
    
Shiites make up between 10 and 20 percent of the Afghan population.

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