Posted by: becketfund | May 9, 2007

Pakistan: Apostasy Bill Considered

The Daily Times reports that the Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal, a political-religious coalition of six parties, has tabled a bill known as the Apostasy Act 2006, which calls for severe punishments for those who convert away from Islam. The Apostasy Act proposes death for all male converts and life in prison “until penitence” for female converts. Convictions may be obtained either by the accused’s own confession, or by the testimony of two adult witnesses. Should it pass, it would override all laws on the topic currently in place.

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