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Afghanistan – Shia Personal Status Law of 2009

Article 123 of Afghanistan’s Shia Personal Status Law of 2009 provides that the household’s supervision is solely the right of the husband and restricts a wife’s right to leave the home.

  • Country: Afghanistan
  • Law status: Discriminatory law in force
  • Law Type: Marriage, Divorce, Polygamy & Wife Obedience

Update, August 16, 2021: Read Equality Now’s statement on the ongoing situation in Afghanistan.

Article 123 of Afghanistan’s Shia Personal Status Law of 2009 provides that the household’s supervision is solely the right of the husband and restricts a wife’s right to leave the home.

Article 123. (1) The household’s supervision is the right of the husband, unless based on the husband’s mental deficiency, and by order of the court, it is given to the wife.

(2) A wife can leave the house for legal purposes to the extent that local custom allows . . .

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