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February 27, 2007 - 1:06 pm

A reader (thanks) sent me this news item on a new law being passed in Mexico, of all places, that would jail a href=”http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070226/od_nm/mexico_husbands_dc”those men who avoid sex /awith their wives: br / br /blockquoteMEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexican men who display extreme jealousy or avoid sex with their wives could be tried in court and punished under a new law, the special prosecutor for crimes against women told a local newspaper on Friday.br /br /Men who phone their wives every half hour to check up on them, constantly suspect them of infidelity or try to control the way they dress are committing the crime of jealousy, special prosecutor Alicia Elena Perez Duarte told Excelsior newspaper.br /br /Those who stop talking to their wives, avoid sex or try to convince suspicious spouses they are “crazy” even if they are caught red-handed having an affair, are guilty of indifference, she said.br /br /Men found guilty of jealousy or indifference could face up to five years in prison, the newspaper said. Mexico’s individual states will determine the punishments, it said.br /br /The progressive new law was passed this month to protect women from domestic violence./blockquotebr /br /When I first read this, I thought it was a parody as it seemed so absurd–but sadly, I am not sure it is–is anyone familiar with these laws? And what does avoiding sex, indifference and not talking to your wife have to do with domestic violence? It sounds like the opposite to me.

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