Posted by: becketfund | November 26, 2006

Pakistan: Senate Approves Changes to Rape Laws

The Associated Press reports that last week, Pakistan’s Senate has approved the proposed changes to Pakistan’s rape laws, sending the bill to the desk of President Pervez Musharraf.  Rape cases in Pakistan were previously tried according to the Hudood Ordinance, a law based on Islamic principles, and required rape victims to produce four male witnesses to the crime in order to procure a conviction, in accordance with Islamic law.   The changes would allow scientific evidence to be weighed in rape cases and would eliminate the death penalty as a punishment for adultery.  Rape cases are currently nearly impossible to prosecute in Pakistan, but opponents of the bill fear that the amendment is part of an effort to make Pakistan into a secular country.


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