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Rape victims not bound to bring 4 witnesses

In a landmark observation, a government-backed constitutional body on Islamic ideology in Pakistan has said a rape victim should not be required to produce four witnesses to file a complaint as stipulated by Hudood laws brought in by former military ruler Zia-ul-Haq.


The Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) unanimously ruled that rape and adultery — consensual sex other than with spouse — are two separate crimes, endorsing the Women Protection Law enacted last year amid strong opposition from Islamist groups and parties.

The law for the first time has done away with the stipulation that a rape victim has to produce four Muslim witnesses to back her charges, failing which she herself would be prosecuted for adultery.

After sustained campaign by human rights groups, the government amended the section relating to rape and brought it under the criminal law of the land.

The CII agreed that in rape cases, the affected woman would be a complainant, not a defendant.

“In this case, the woman will be a complainant and the state will be bound to investigate, arrest the rapist and punish him if the crime is proved,” state-run APP news agency quoted a press release of the CII as saying.

Courtesy: Daily Times

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1 Response to “Rape victims not bound to bring 4 witnesses”


  1. 1 tooba
    April 2, 2007 at 9:48 am

    thats a landmark alrite but whether it puts any fear in the hearts of rapists is another thing.


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