Friday, August 25, 2006

ROP Womens Rights Watch--Pakistani Edition

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Pakistani politicians speak out in support of rape:

ISLAMABAD (AFP) - Pakistani opposition lawmakers walked out of federal parliament in protest at government proposed amendments to Islamic rape laws.

Rights groups have been demanding the government repeal the current laws which place an almost impossible burden of proof on women and expose victims to charges of adultery.

Opposition MPs mostly from the hardline Islamic alliance Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal shouted slogans and tore up copies of the bill before walking out after Law Minister Wasi Zafar introduced the legislation to change the laws.

"Death to (President Pervez) Musharraf," "Those who are friends of America are traitors" and "Allah is Great," the politicians shouted.

"This bill is against Holy Koran and Shariah, we reject it and (will) try to block it in any possible manner," said opposition leader Maulana Fazalur Rehman.

Emphasis mine. So this "leader" is saying quite clearly that any bill that would protect women who are raped is against the Koran and koranic laws. It doesn't get much clearer than that does it?

I'll get an inane comment saying that they don't suport rape as I've written in the headline, but boiled down, they are advocating the status quo, which makes it near impossible for a woman to win a rape case against a man.


South Child has thoughts as does Eteraz who includes a history lesson.

Update: Thing are no better in Iran:

Do you think women in Western countries marched in solidarity with the Iranian women demonstrators? Of course not. Do you think there are posters and graffiti at universities condemning the Iranian President? Of course not. You know, without needing to go there, that any graffiti at universities will be condemning George W. Bush, not Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Read all of Pamela Bone's piece in the Australian.

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