Monday, November 28, 2005

Laws relating to Rape in Pakistan

Horrible. To say the least. The prevailing law was promulgated by a military dictator in 1979, called Hudood Ordinance, to appease the clergy in Pakistan and consolidate his position and rule. He said simply.. if you want Islam.. vote for me! and thats what happened in the referendum! easy :)

This law is totally discriminatory against women. Any woman who is raped - has to prove that she was raped! that requires testimony of 4 Men! and if she cannot.. then she'll be tried for Adultery! how lovely!

Islam mentions 4 witnesses in the verse

[24:4] And those who launch a charge against chaste women, and produce not four witnesses (to support their allegations),- flog them with eighty stripes; and reject their evidence ever after: for such men are wicked transgressors;

Enlighten me. Where does it mention rape? where does it say that a raped woman has to produce four witnesses? What context does this verse has? The result of this falsely derived/ wrongly thought verse is that women find no justice at all. First the raped woman has to face the wrath of society, she has to come up with four witnesses who saw her being raped! then she runs the risk of being tried for adultery if she cannot. Worst, numerous cases have been reported that Police raped these women when they came to report!

This law has to be repealed. Clergy have manipulated the whole scene and anyone objecting to it is termed infidel! told that they are violating Quranic principles! which certainly is not the case. Thus all the effort of repealing this heinous law are sent crashing.

I hate this.

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