Show Politics February 11, 2011
New Laws Hurt Afghan Women Seeking Shelter

The Afghan government has come up with a troubling new proposal regarding women's shelters.

If a woman or girl is trying to get out of an abusive environment or forced marriage, new rules would force her to justify her case in front of an eight-member government panel. She'd also have to undergo a physical exam that could include a virginity test. The panel would then decide whether she should be allowed to go to a shelter, be sent back home, or sent to jail.

These new rules are still being written, so there's a chance the Afghan government could pull back. Let's hope so, because after 10 years of war, and Canada's soldiers fighting for democracy and freedom, this can't possibly sit well with our politicians in Ottawa.



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