Kabul, Apr 17: Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai has promised to change the recently passed law allowing the men to rape their wives. He has reportedly told, in an interview with CNN that he was unaware of the provision in the legislation which he had signed to pass as a law last month.
"Now I have instructed, in consultation with clergy of the country, that the law be revised and any article that is not in keeping with the Afghan constitution and Islamic Sharia must be removed from this law," Karzai said.
The law has drawn international criticism, and Karzai's comments came a day after several hundred protesters demonstrated against it. Critics say the law bars women from opting out of sex, effectively legalizing marital rape.
The law applies to the 20 per cent of the Shiite Muslims, and it was a part of a massive piece of legislation aimed to strengthen the minority community of the nations-Shiites.