Mexican men who 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.
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.
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.
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.
The progressive new law was passed this month to protect women from domestic violence.
In Mexico, about 75 percent of all murdered women are killed by their husbands, Perez Duarte said.
"If we do not stop this from the beginning, it turns into beatings, and the beatings turn into more beatings and rape, until it gets out of hand, and whoops, she died," she told the paper.
Perez Duarte said the law would be a weapon that women could employ to level the playing field with abusive men.
"Men ought not to feel discriminated against," she told Excelsior.
Perez Duarte said indifference, jealousy or lack of love were crimes against women just as much as physical violence.
"Jealousy produces a particular type of stress in the person that comes up against it," she said. "It is exactly the same. They are wounds, psychological scars identical to physical scars."
There are a few important things in this ridiculous new law - joining the "Illegal to be naked inside your own house" law which came from Mexico's tequila-infused legislature last year.
First of all, men are going to go to jail for baseless, groundless, no-need-of-proof accusations of jealousy. Like the Information Minister says, Just another weapon for women to bludgeon men with.
Men are going to be hauled off for refusing to have sex, hell, for indifference towards the bitch that makes their life a living hell! This is truly a case of "jailed if you do, jailed if you don't."
And of course, the same old LIE is trotted out that this law is to protect women from domestic violence. Of course, all that research that domestic violence is a 50-50 male-female problem is ignored, swept under the carpet, all so that the carpet munchers can have their say in demonizing men even more.
The problem with laws, aside from the obvious you go to jail for breaking them is that many people are idealistic and think that the government really knows best. Right now, whatever Mexicans are discussing this issue are probably hearing "well the government is not stupid, they must have done their research, poor women need to be protected from their jealous hotheaded husbands!"
Another thing that is notable about this new law and the reasoning behind it is that it paves the way for thoughtcrime - only applicable against men of course, because women always have the purest thoughts. Roy said it well in his comment on MANN...
Wow! This is a major advance in the criminalizing of emotion and thought!
How does one disprove the crime of "indifference" in a feminist court of law?
"Yer honor, I didn't DO anything!"
GUILTY AS CHARGED!
Imagine -- to be "indifferent" towards women will now be a crime! What specific behaviors will a husband or boyfriend have to perform in order to demonstrate that he's not in fact "indifferent?"
(Wife) - "Honey, what color do you think our new living room carpet should be?"
(Hubby) - "Oh, whatever you like, I don't really care."
GUILTY! GUILTY! GUILTY! as charged.
"Lack of love" is also now a crime?
How do you legally define the minimal quotient of "love" that exempts you from prosecution? (I'm suspecting it has more to do with dinero than with amore...)
Notice that women can still be jealous, controlling and abusive. Women are still allowed to say no to their husbands - if a woman marries a man and refuses to have sex with him starting the honeymoon night, there is nothing the man can do about it. Nothing. Even if the wife fucks the poolboy in front of him and has his baby 9 months later, he can only look forward to 18 years of child support.