Its official. Women held as prisoners all over Pakistan under Hudood Ordinance will be released today (10th July 2006). See My Post
Around 1300 female prisoners other than ones involved in crimes of murder and terrorism will be released. This is a huge sigh of relief for all women who were charged under the Hudood Ordinance. The new law has been promulgated by President Musharraf couple of days ago.
Hudood Ordinance is a legacy of dark days of military dictatorship of General Zia ul Haq. In order to cement his rule he came up with this law totally defying islamic injunctions, humanism and in the end made us a laughing stock in front of the whole world. Not to mention the great set back that was received to the image of Islam.
Efforts to do away with these laws were on since 80's but gathered steam now as electronic media is almost independent and allows for debates on topics like these which were considered totally sacrosanct. Muslim mind always blacks out in terms of thinking when "islam" is attached to something and Hudood Laws were no different. Told to be "straight from God" although they were man made.
So nice first step in humanism and towards a just-society.