In what is being viewed as an attack on women's rights, Egypt is considering a law that would allow a man to have sex with his wife for up to 6 hours after her death.

The so called "Farewell Intercourse Law" is allegedly based on the premise that a marriage remains valid after death, and thus the marital rights extend as well.  Scholars have justified the law by stating that women would have the same right to engage in intercourse with their deceased husbands after death.

The law is being portrayed as one of many in a slew of attacks on women's rights. For example, Egypt is also considering a law that would lower the minimum age for marriage to 14.

While I can understand the need for spouses to say some sort of final goodbye, I can't quite understand the desire for a law stating that a man has the right to engage in intercourse with a woman, even it's his wife, or any woman for that matter. Unless there was a criminal law stating that it would be a crime to engage in intercourse with a woman after death, which may be the case, this pronouncement just seems perverse.