Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Pakistan Reforms Rape Laws?

This just in; while people like me, who do not accept Gen. Zia's "Islamization" as being a valid implementation of Sharia (Zakat on 2000 rupees in your checking account?!!) and therefore cringe at characterization of laws he put in place as "strict Sharia laws", this article provides a general outline. Can can anyone throw any light on the details?
Pakistan votes to amend rape laws
Pakistan's national assembly has voted to amend the country's strict Sharia laws on rape and adultery.

Until now rape cases were dealt with in Sharia courts. Victims had to have four male witnesses to the crime - if not they faced prosecution for adultery.

Now civil courts will be able to try rape cases, assuming the upper house and the president ratify the move...
More at http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/6148590.stm
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