KABUL, AFGHANISTAN — Afghan President Hamid Karzai pledged Monday to change a law critics say legalizes marital rape to remove concerns that it violates human rights.
The law, which sparked an international outcry after it was signed last month, says a husband can demand sex with his wife every four days unless she is ill or would be harmed by intercourse. It also regulates when and for what reasons a wife may leave her home alone.
Numerous countries condemned the law and President Obama called it "abhorrent," prompting Karzai to suspend the legislation for a judicial review. He said previously that the law would be changed, but his comments Monday were his strongest yet against the measure.
"Amendments will take place," and the law "will not have any concerns on any account of human rights and especially the rights of the Afghan people," Karzai told reporters at a joint news conference with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Brown said he discussed the law with Karzai.