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ordinances (collectively referred to as the ‘Hudood [ Hud?d ]. Ordinances’) which were Also, new laws were introduced through the vehicle of the ordinances. THE HUDOOD LAWS 65 basic needs. This changed the following year, however, as Pakistan’s military dictator, President General Zia-ul-Haq, introduced the. (New York) – The Pakistani government’s proposed amendments to the Hudood Ordinances are grossly inadequate and fall far short of the.

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Get updates on human rights issues from around the globe. Because the promulgation of the Zina Ordinance entailed the abolition of Pakistan’s statutory rape law, girls as young as twelve have been prosecuted for having extra-marital intercourse under circumstances that would previously have mandated statutory rape charges against their assailant.

According to Mufti Taqi Usmaniwho was instrumental in the creation of the ordinances:. This article is part of a series about Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq. December 13, Dispatches. The laws rendered most sexual assault victims unable to seek redress through the criminal justice system, deeming them guilty of illegal sex rather than victims of unlawful violence or abuse.

Retrieved 29 January This website uses profiling non technical cookies, also third parties cookies, in order to send advertising messages according to user’s preferences. Pakistan is the ugly twin of India. Most Viewed August 21, Dispatches.

Rape, now referred to as zina-bil-jabr, was similarly made liable to either the hadd or the tazir penalty depending on the type of proof available. He had no political base and after the execution of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, the Pakistan PM his popularity was at a low ebb. He then introduced a series of laws that codified women’s status as subordinate in law, including the Hudood Ordinances and the Qanun-e-Shahadat Order Law of Evidence Orderwhich relegated women to inferior legal status and, in some circumstances, rendered their testimony to half the weight of a man’s.


Worse, in actual practice, the vast majority of accused women were found guilty by the trial court only to be acquitted on appeal to the Federal Shariat Court.

Statutory rape, previously defined as sex with or without the consent of a girl under the age of 14, was no longer a crime, meaning that girls could be charged for engaging in illicit sex if they had reached puberty.

The Hudood Ordinances are fundamentally flawed and must be repealed in their entirety. He wanted to bolster his image and thought that such a law will appeal to the Mullahs and male Muslims of Pakistan.

Because of this stringent standard, no accused has ever been found guilty and stoned to death in Pakistan, [14] [15] and punishments have been awarded only under the Tazir llaws of the Hudood Ordinance. Webarchive template wayback links Articles with short description Articles containing potentially dated statements from November All articles containing potentially dated statements.

She goes through her period of iddat. Please support us by taking a moment to turn off Adblock on Dawn. Her rapist was acquitted.

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Often referred to as Macaulay’s code, this was a secular code. Hufood the two and a half decades the law was unchanged, several Pakistani government appointed commissions recommended the Zina Ordinance’s repeal such as the National Commission for the Status of Women inthe Special Committee to Review the Hudood Ordinances,Commission of Inquiry for Women. They were put under the Sharia. If you continue the navigation through accessing each element below or you close this banner hucood agree to the use of cookies.


Retrieved 19 November There are cases that women who reported rape under the Hudood ordinance were charged with Zina or adultery.

Another scenario for some of the accusations of adultery leading to imprisonment was following divorce by the husband and remarriage by the ex-wife. December 18, News Release. uudood

Hudood Ordinances

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. That agreement failed to materialize. Archived from the original on 2 March The ordinance also abolished Pakistan’s statutory rape law. Please give now to support our work. The dimensions of human misery One case was that of Safia Bibi, an unmarried blind woman from the hudokd frontier who was prosecuted for zina because of her illegitimate pregnancy. The husband then claims that sans the confirmation of divorce by the local authorities the marriage is not over and launches a zina prosecution.

The study oaws the ordinance used to file “nuisance or harassment suits against disobedient daughters or estranged wives.

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