MARRIED men in Egypt may soon be legally allowed to have sex with their dead wives - for up to six hours after their death, it was reported today.
The controversial new law is part of a raft of measures being put forward by the Islamist-dominated parliament, according to the Al Arabiya news website.
If the laws get the go-ahead the legal minimum marriage age will be lowered to 14.
Members of Egypt's National Council for Women are outraged and campaigning against the bizarre legal moves.
Dr Mervat al-Talawi, head of the NCW, wrote to the Egyptian People’s Assembly Speaker Dr Saad al-Katatni addressing her concerns.
The subject of a husband having sex with his dead wife arose in May 2011 when Moroccan cleric Zamzami Abdul Bari said marriage remains valid even after death.
Egyptian TV anchor Jaber al-Qarmouty slammed the notion of letting a husband have sex with his wife after her death under the so-called 'Farewell Intercourse' draft law.
He said: “This is very serious. Could the panel that will draft the Egyptian constitution possibly discuss such issues? Did Abdul Samea see by his own eyes the text of the message sent by Talawi to Katatni?
“This is unbelievable. It is a catastrophe to give the husband such a right! Has the Islamic trend reached that far?”