The parliament in Egypt is reportedly introducing a new law, the “Farewell Intercourse” law, that will allow a man to have sex with their deceased wife up to six hours after they’ve passed away – essentially legalizing necrophilia for widowers.
The proposed law has sparked an uproar from critics, who are quick to point out how much of the recently proposed legislation has turned to anti-female rights with this and other recently proposed laws which have sought to reduce women’s rights within the country.
The “farewell Intercourse” bill was inspired by a Fatwa issued by a Moroccan cleric last year. Zamzami Abdul Bar said that since the two would meet in Heaven again anyway, death shouldn’t get in the way of one last post-mortem marital romp.
Critics have slammed the law as “catastrophic.” Prominent journalist and TV host Jaber al-Qarmouty used his program on Tuesday to lash out at the proposed law.
“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,” he lamented on air.
Egypt’s National Council for Women (NCW) also called on Parliament not to adopt this and other measures which they believe increasingly seek to roll back women’s rights.
The NTC further charges that “marginalizing and undermining the status of women would negatively affect the country’s human development.”
If the continuing trend towards eroding women’s rights and marginalizing women within Egypt goes on unabated, we can’t help but wonder where the line will be drawn. If men can freely treat a woman such as their wife as a mere object of pleasure, even in death, what lines aren’t they willing to cross?