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Another kind of tyranny

Re: Freely, unveiled (April 18)

The Canadian government must apply international pressure to force the Afghan government to rescind its so-called spousal rape law. Not only are women beaten and living in fear while trying to become educated, but the denial of the basic freedom of choice in the marriage bed is barbaric. This new spousal rape law must not be tolerated by the rest of the world.

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As a married woman, the choice to engage in sex has never been a question. The fact an Afghan husband is allowed to force sex on his wife, is in my opinion, a criminal act and therefore not to be tolerated.

Why are we, the international coalition, fighting to remove the Taliban's regime of terror, only to replace one tyrant for another? Has the ultimate price of the lives of the many soldiers been in vain? Did Trooper Karine Blais lose her life promoting freedom for the Afghan people, including women, or has her family lost her for nothing? Is this what my husband, being deployed in 10 days, is risking his life for?

If the Afghan government refuses to stand up against barbaric traditions that have no place in the 21st century, then why is Canada there sacrificing blood and treasure when there are so many other places in the world that need us?

SHERRY LEE BENSON-PODOLCHUK

Winnipeg Beach

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 21, 2009 A13

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