Report: Afghan Bill Allows Husbands to Starve Wives for Refusing Sex

An Afghan bill allowing a husband to starve his wife for refusing sex has become law, the U.K.'s Daily Mail newspaper reported Monday.

The amended version of the bill, which sparked international outrage earlier this year for its treatment of Afghan women, also permits nonconsensual sex within a marriage — a measure critics say condones "marital rape," according to the newspaper.

An Afghan woman also needs permission from her husband to work — and Afghan fathers and grandfathers are given sole custody of their children under the new law, the newspaper reported.

The original version of the bill, which was struck by Afghan President Hamid Karzai, reportedly required women to have sexual relations with their husbands every four days.

The law applies only to Afghanistan's Shia minority, which makes up about 15 percent of the country's population.

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