An Indian Civilizational Perspective

Pakistan: a Rapist Paradise, sanctioned by Allah!

There is something terribly wrong with the basic structure of Islam as it relates to the women. This fight over the bill in Pakistan to alter the mischief of Hadood Ordinance is one such example. Here is the description of Hudood Ordinance on Wikipedia:

The Ordinance is most criticized for making it exceptionally difficult and dangerous to prove an allegation of rape. A woman alleging rape is required to provide four adult male witnesses of “the act of penetration”, and if the accused man is Muslim, the witnesses must be Muslims themselves. Failure to prove rape places the woman at risk of prosecution for adultery, which does not require such strong evidence[1].

For married Muslims, the maximum punishment for zina (Arabic) is death by stoning, or for unmarried couples or non-Muslims, 100 lashes. In practise, only imprisonment has ever been enforced, because the maximum punishments require four eyewitnesses as above.

Now, it is practically impossible to bring a rapist to justice.. because a woman cannot bring four witness of her rape! On the contrary, SHE is put behind the bars for adultery if she comes out and cannot prove rape!

A bill is being brought out in the Pakistan Senate to reduce the effects of this downright absurd and malefide law – whether blessed by the Prophet or not. What do the religious parties argue? It is against God! In fact, they are certain that it is in accordance with the practices blessed the Prophet!

And by the way we are not talking about repealing of that law.. as yet.. just bringing down the number of witnesses from four to two!

MMA’s Prof Khurshid Ahmed in the longest speech of the day called the bill an attempt to:

change the Islamic Hadd punishments which, he said, was “not only a sin but a rebellion against God”.

That there is a debate is the most astonishing and embarrasing fact. It is entirely a different matter that those outside the Ministries were not much involved in the defence of the bill! Only Senator Sajid Mir of Muslim League-N spoke against the bill.

In 1979, during Ziaul Haq’s time, the Pakistani government implemented Shari’ah. Hudood is plural of Hadd, which in Islam is boundary of “lawful” and “unlawful” actions provided by – who else – “Allah”!

The hadd punishments are specific in nature and are deemed fixed penalties that were laid down by Allah for specified transgressions or crimes.

As part of the implementation of Shariah, a comprehensive Hudood ordinance was enacted, which included The Offence of Zina (Enforcement of Hudood) Ordinance, VII of 1979. Zina (adultery/fornication) is prohibited in the Qur’an and it is a punishable offence. This ordinance defined zina as adultery, fornication, prostitution and rape.

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