Iraq’s justice ministry has pressed on with the Jaafari Personal Status law which, among other things, further restricts women and girls (Foreign, 15 March).
It seems that under these proposals, girls as young as eight can be married off by their fathers. Married women can only leave their house with their husbands’ permission, while men can take on additional wives and marital rape is not an offence. So, goodbye to female emancipation – which never really got going in the first place.
Was this what the UK wanted when our forces got involved in the war to force the regime change (granted, Saddam Hussein was acknowledged to be a vicious premier)?