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Egypt Proposes 'Farewell Intercourse Law' to Allow Sex with Dead Wives

| by Michael Allen

A controversial proposal introduced by the Islamist-dominated parliament in Egypt would allow husbands to have sex with their dead wives, for up to six hours after their death, reports the Daily Mail.

The proposal would also lower the minimum age of marriage to 14 and eliminate women's rights in education and employment.

Egypt's National Council for Women says the proposed law is "marginalizing and undermining the status of women would negatively affect the country's human development."

The problem of a husband having sex with his dead wife came up in May 2011 when cleric Zamzami Abdul Bari said marriage remains valid even after death.

TV anchor Jaber al-Qarmouty 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?"