The Egyptian parliament is considering a controversial new law known as the "farewell intercourse law," which would allow husbands to have sex with their dead wives, up to six hours after their passing.
How can anyone think of sex after their spouse has passed on? This is a time for grieving, not getting horny. Sex with dead people is an abomination in most religions.
The "farewell intercourse law" was introduced in a fatwa (Islamic law) issued by a Moroccan cleric Zamzami Abdul Bari in May 2011. He claimed that the marriage is valid even after death. He also said that women have the right to have sex with her dead husband, alarabiya.net reported. Sex with dead people is just plain wrong, no matter who is the "victim."
This law would also lower the legal age of marriage for girls to 14 and remove women's rights in education and employment. Egypt's National Council for Women (NCW) is appealing the parliament not to pass these two laws.
Zamzami made news two years ago in another controversy in Morocco when he said it was alright for pregnant women to consume alcohol. This man just wants to keep his name in the news, it seems.
Some members of the parliament, mainly Islamic, are accused of attacking women's rights. They want to remove many of the laws that promote women's rights. The most notable is a law that allows a wife to divorce without interference from her husband. The Islamic right to divorce, known as the Khula, ended years of legal battles for women.
Egyptian law allows men the right to divorce, but grants women the opportunity to end abusive marriages. Before the passing of the Khula over a decade ago, it might have taken 10 to 15 years for a woman to have her divorce granted.
Who in their right mind would allow the parliament to go this far? Egypt has come a long way in the issue of women's rights. They still have a long way to go. This would put them back in the Dark Ages.