Thursday, May 15, 2014

Great News: Iraq Debates a Law That Would Allow Men to "Marry" 9 Year Old Girls

And what could possibly be wrong with that? 

Really glad Western blood and treasure was lost defending THAT "right".

"Ahlam al-Obeidi hosts a radio show about women's rights in Baghdad. She says years of war left Iraq with more women than men, and lots of poverty. Some people marry off young girls for the dowry."

"We are a society plagued by patriarchal attitudes and outdated tribal laws, which are all conducive to violence against women," she says.

(I wonder what laws she is referring to? NPR neglects to mention the "S" word...)

"Obeidi says the proposed law causes her intense pain, especially when she thinks of her granddaughters, the eldest of whom is 9 years old."

"This is not marriage," she says, "but rather the selling and buying of young women."

Sounds all Boko Haram-y to me, but what do I know?