Maldives president vetoes marital rape bill as ‘un-Islamic’

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Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen, pictured here, has refused to ratify a bill that seeks to partially criminalize marital rape, calling it “un-Islamic.” RNS photo by Vishal Arora

Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen, pictured here, has refused to ratify a bill that seeks to partially criminalize marital rape, calling it “un-Islamic.” RNS photo by Vishal Arora

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(RNS) After its parliament voted to limit a husband’s right to have non-consensual sex with his wife, the president of the Maldives vetoed the bill calling it "un-Islamic."

  • Larry

    Christian fundamentalists are so jealous!

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  • Jonathan V

    LOL! The republican ones are certainly trying to move things that way.

  • Pluto Animus

    Muslims must really hate women.

    They would allow their own mothers to be raped by their abusive fathers, even if she had filed for divorce.

    How incredibly disgusting.

  • Shaman

    What a disgrace to humanity that Islam, indeed any religion, perpetuates its horrific inhumanity in this modern era.

    For shame!

    “With the exception of forbidden forms of sexual intercourse, such as during menstrual periods and anal intercourse, it is not permissible under any circumstance for a woman to refrain from it when the husband is in need,”

    Disgusting inhumanity.

  • Atheist Max

    What a frightening world it must be for Islamic women! Rapists always find protection in religious doctrines.
    Primitive, barbaric Rape is sanctified by holy orders! In 2014 !!!

    Ughhh!

  • Salim.

    Just to make things clear No rape victim got sentenced .
    Howevre, on a sperate issue someone might have got sentenced, which was never executed.The higher court has o look into these matters to see the special nature and room for leanience.
    The higher court made her free.

  • Larry

    No more than any other religious group which gets its filthy mitts into the apparatus of government.

    Do you think people like Todd “legitimate rape” Akin would oppose such a law if it were proposed here?

  • Larry

    Her rapist walked free without any charge and the victim was treated like a criminal. Lets just make things clear, the justice system which would do that is barbaric.

  • Duane Lamers

    Ah, but in this country, Larry, the reverse is true. It is the filthy mitt of government that Obama is trying to poke into religion. The anti-religionists who are obsessed with posting on a religion site fully approve of government’s involvment in everything except their own personal bailiwicks.

  • Larry

    Really? You are going with that argument with a straight face?
    Poking into religion? Not really.

    You mean the whiny people who want to pretend corporate religion exists? Or maybe the people who want the laws to support things which lack a secular and rational basis? Nope. Not really the kind of government persecution of religion you are trying to invoke. Its junk like that which makes people doubt real examples of religious persecution and sectarian discrimination throughout the world.

    Given a choice between religious rites and civil society, civil society usually wins of they have sane reasons. Hence no exception to murder due to human sacrifice, polygamy and sacramental hallucinogenics are still illegal

    The good thing about the secularist argument is it is fully supported by our Constitution and laws. Separation of Church and State protects both institutions.

  • Quit Lying

    She *WAS* sentanced; it was overturned ONLY after international outcry. It was intenational outcry that made her free, NOT the courts!!!
    1/3 of women in the Maldives between the ages of 15 and 49 has suffered either physical or sexual abuse over the past five years. ONE THIRD!
    Nine out of 10 sentences for flogging in the Maldives in 2011 were given to women, while no one has been convicted of rape in the past three years.

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