Girls take a photograph before prayers for the Muslim holiday of Eid Al-Adha on a street in Jakarta, Indonesia September 12, 2016. REUTERS/Darren Whiteside - RTSNACJ

The world’s largest gathering of female Muslim clerics in Indonesia issued a fatwa Thursday that declared marital rape haram—or forbidden—under Islamic law and urged the government to make it illegal.
The Indonesian Women’s Ulama Congress (KUPI2017) issued three fatwas—Islamic legal pronouncements that are typically issued by Muslim clerics . The first addressed the issue of marital rape while two others were on ending child marriage and opposing the destruction of the environment.
Marital rape is a serious problem in Indonesia with a one third of women having experienced rape, sexual assualt, or abuse of some kind from romantic partners, a nationwide survey found.
The survey, conducted by National Women’s Life Experiences, also found that the rate of sexual violence perpetrated outside relationships is high—14.4 percent of women had been sexually abused by a teacher, parent, or family friend, according to the survey which interviewed 9,000 women. It also suggested educated, urban Indonesians …
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