(KABUL, Afghanistan) — As the world recognizes International Women’s Day, women in Afghanistan are concerned about a new set of rules issued by Muslim clerics that could backtrack the progress of women’s rights in the country.
The code of conduct grants husbands permission to beat their wives under certain circumstances. It also promotes segregation among genders by prohibiting women to be seen in public without a man.
Introduced last week, the guidelines received Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s backing on Tuesday.
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