Michael's Dispatches

Wife Rape

03 April 2009
The "law" is a fascinating topic.  When I was young, I read many dozens of books written by lawyers.  When the vignette linked below landed on my desk, it conjured memories of stories about American trials wherein wives accused husbands of rape.  Yet often the courts did not recognize that it was legally possible for a husband to rape his wife.  This was America.

Many professionals with varied skill sets read this site.  Everything from Generals to Sergeant Majors to doctors to lawyers to airline pilots and politicians.  They seldom comment publicly, but often email or send letters.  It would be particularly fascinating if lawyers, historians, or others who have solid knowledge of the topic, would weigh in on the history of this topic as it pertains to the United States.

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Critics say new Afghan law 'legalizes rape'
It applies to Shiites, says husband entitled to sex 'as and when he desires'

Associated Press
KABUL - A new Afghan law makes it legal for men to rape their wives, human rights groups and some Afghan lawmakers said Thursday, accusing President Hamid Karzai of signing the legislation to bolster his re-election prospects.


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