Egypt’s Islamist-dominated parliament is considering a controversial new measure known as the “farewell intercourse law,” which would allow husbands to have sex with their dead wives, for up to six hours after their death.
The law is part of a proposal that would also lower the minimum age of marriage to 14 and eliminate women’s rights in education and employment, reports the Daily Mail.
It’s being heavily protested by Egypt’s National Council for Women, on the grounds that it “marginalizes and undermines the status of women and would negatively affect the country’s human development.”
TV anchor Jaber al-Qarmouty also slammed the idea:
“This is unbelievable. It is a catastrophe to give the husband such a right! Has the Islamic trend reached that far? Is there really a draft law in this regard? Are there people thinking in this manner?”
But why is this issue even coming up?
The “farewell intercourse law” was first introduced in a fatwa (Islamic law) issued by a Moroccan cleric Zamzami Abdul Bari in May 2011, when he claimed that marriage remains valid even after death. According to The Al Arabiya News, the rule would also apply to women, making it permissible for a woman to have sex with her dead husband.