Some respite for women, at last: Protection of rights bill gets through NA

Putting an end to a scuffle but not to the longer battle, Pakistan’s lower house of parliament voted on Wednesday to amend the Hudood Ordinances, the country’s religious-based laws for rape crime. The Bill must be approved by the upper house of Parliament before it becomes law.

Before, women who reported rape were compelled to produce four male witnesses to the crime or face charges that they had committed adultery. If the law passes the upper house, it will replace that burden of proof, deemed both virtually impossible and misogynistic, with standard evidentiary procedures.

But as normal some fundamentalist are against of it, Pakistan 6 Islamic parties are threatening for nation wide protest for what they called this new law nothing to do with women’s protection but a conspiracy of west.

Like opposition leader and MMA secretary-general Maulana Fazlur Rehman said it is a `shameful attempt to alter the teachings of the Quran and Sunnah and to turn Pakistan into a free sex zone”

So Mr.Rehman tell me one thing how many men have been convicted just want to know out of curiosity under your 16th century law? Do you think rapist do rape in broad day light in front of 4 people (well men)? Do you know a woman is raped every two hours and gang-raped every eight hours in Pakistan? At present your current rape law is giving man free sex zone anyway, where women can’t get protection and even can’t get justice.

It is shameful that in this century woman should be subjected to such treatment in your own country. Why should there be a debate or demonstration on such an obvious issue. Men and women are both deserving of protection under the law. Changes in law are for better society, nothing to do with your religion. So don’t start screaming and kicking for nothing. Grow up and learn some things, please don’t exploit religion for your personal vote bank politics.

ISLAMABAD, Nov 15: The government rushed a signal women’s rights bill through the National Assembly on Wednesday amid a boycott by religious parties and some drama after the draft survived a prolonged controversy and an apparent last-minute intrigue.

Slogan-chanting members of the Muttahida Majlis-Amal (MMA) walked out of the house in protest before the vote on the Protection of Women (Criminal Laws Amendment) Rights Bill, which they said was contrary to Islamic injunctions about punishments for zina (adultery and rape). But, they appeared wavering in carrying out an earlier threat to resign from parliament.

The People’s Party Parliamentarians (PPP), the main opposition party, gave a rare support to the ruling coalition in passing the bill, which seeks to protect women from the widely complained misuse of the controversial Hudood ordinances about zina (adultery and rape) and qazf (false accusation of zina) enforced in 1979 by the then-military ruler General Mohammad Ziaul Haq.

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  1. Pakistan is a hopeless society

  2. @Ajay

    100% right..they just dont wanna join 21st century….

  3. This is great news. No matter how Pakistan is, we can still feel for the women folk over there who were suffering under the Hudood laws.

  4. I don’t have anything against any religion or country… but this one country and it’s religious leaders and beyond hope!

    4 witnesses??? Are the crazy? Don’t they have something called as grey matter in their brains? What I don’t understand is .. isn’t it quite obvious that this is the “basic” protection a law can give to a woman… and if they oppose this..they are making a mockery of themselves in front of the whole world!

    I had written a blog post sometime back on similar lines.

  5. I just don’t get that male/religious logic.

    It comes across that it is normal for men to rape women and the law protects them. They seemed pissed off that they won’t have that right anymore.

  6. @Ashish

    Its just shame that people are opposing it. Saying its against the religion. Religion, Religion every time they dont have any senses..I guess…


    Thanks for visiting my blog and sharing your views with us. I liked you article very much..Well even I dont have anything against of any religion or country but I do oppose any law which block anyone basic human right. Pakistan Huddo Law was 16th century law. And it needed to be changed so I am happy…

    Neither me…don’t get that male/religious logic.

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