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A Wife Must Obey Her Husband!
Posted 8/27/09

To love, honour and obey in Mali.

A new family law in Mali is causing a furore, partly because it no longer stipulates that wives have to obey their husbands.

For many people here the new law is an attack on their religion and traditions and there have been loud protests against it ever since it was adopted by parliamentarians at the start of August.

Mali's current law specifically states that a wife must obey her husband, and that is the way things should stay says Mahmud Dicko, president of Mali's High Islamic Council.


    "We're not trying to make women slaves. Not at all. It's just the way our society is organised. The head of the family is the man, and everyone in the family has to obey him. It's like that to create harmony."
    Mahmud Dicko
    High Islamic Council president



Well, at least Mahmud Dicko is living up to his name; Dick.


"It's a tiny minority of woman here who want this new law; the intellectuals. The poor and illiterate women of this country, the real Muslims, are against it."


I would say this particular bit in the article says a lot.


Some of the angry protests across Mali since the law was passed have almost got out of control.

At one meeting at Bamako's main mosque, religious leaders had to step in to stop young Muslims, opposed to the law, from attacking the parliament building.

Mali's imams have been threatening to refuse to hold marriage or baptism ceremonies for members of parliament who voted for the law.

Mali's High Islamic Council says mosques will start issuing their own wedding certificates and will tell people not to bother getting the official paperwork at the town hall.

If the law is not changed, Mr Dicko of the High Islamic Council says the country's politicians will get a nasty shock at the next elections.

"We are trying to keep people calm. We don't want them to do anything that is against the law.

"Instead we are telling people that they elect the parliament, so if their members of parliament don't listen to them, they will have the power to vote them out of office."

In the face of such pressure, President Toure has backed down and sent the law back to parliament to be reviewed.

Of course resorting to violence, or even terrorising the members of the parliament always works to get what you want, now doesn't it?


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To love, honour and obey in Mali
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/8223966.stm
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This mentality is normal and not surprising in most Muslim countries, not just Mali.
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Posted 8/27/09 , edited 8/27/09

Yei wrote:

This mentality is normal and not surprising in most Muslim countries, not just Mali.


Indeed. But this mentality used to be normal, for example, in Europe, and the USA, too. Back in the days it was normal for women being subdued by their men in Western societies. Luckily, we've managed to evolve out from this primitive mindset.
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That law is totally unfair! Women should have freedom and the right to speak up, telling women to obey their husbands is totally 1800s! Women are not pets! Come on people, we're in the 21st century now.

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^ you remind me of kinky hamster o-o....


Overpowering people these days... with issues
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I miss KinkyHamster.
He really livened this place up.

But I think it'd have made more sense to do this in small steps rather than suddenly passing a law saying the wife can do as she likes.. I mean like gradually giving wives more and more rights.
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aren't we people are all on tha same level?
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Sucks for them, that's really unfair.
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Haha his name ( I know I sound immature)
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Serious woman have to obey there husbands not trying to make them into slaves wat? So wat there just gonna take away women rights i do believe its time to change old habits. ( Riot)
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"We're not trying to make women slaves. Not at all. It's just the way our society is organised. The head of the family is the man, and everyone in the family has to obey him. It's like that to create harmony."
Mahmud Dicko
High Islamic Council president

haha seriously? what does this fuckin idiot define "harmony" as? that's not harmony that's just being a DICKtator in the family. it seems like they don't want you to think. only to do as you're told. "not trying to make women slaves" pffffffssshhh does this guy know what the fuck he's talking about or what?

any ways

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"It's a tiny minority of woman here who want this new law; the intellectuals. The poor and illiterate women of this country, the real Muslims, are against it."


O_O So you have to be dumb to be a real muslim?




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