Monday, March 20, 2006

Thousands of Pakistani women facing charges under Islamic laws: Khaleej Times

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) report also noted an increase in the killings of women in the name of honour, English ’Daily Times’ reported. Most such killings targetted women and girls who contracted marriages against family’s will.

Human-rights and civil-society organizations are demanding the repeal of the Hudood laws that were introduced by late military dictator Zia-ul-Haq, in 1979, to gain support of Muslim clerics for his rule.

President General Pervez Musharraf, who seized power in a military coup in October 1999, has called on religious scholars to review the strict Islamic laws that are considered highly discriminatory against women.
May be it's just me, but I can't help think religious scholars don't know the mind of God on this one.

Meanwhile, Secret Dubai finds some rather alarming bits in the lastest US State Department report on human rights in the UAE. Here's just one quote from the report I found especially chilling:
male guardians within the family have a positive legal right, in the Penal Code, to discipline women and children family members at their discretion, including use of physical violence.
Hey, it's not my religion and it's not my country but once again, I can't help think religious scholars don't know the mind of God on this one. Or do men always do what's right with this power over women? And if the answer is the Code says one thing, but in practice violence against women is punished, then the question is why would you want to leave the Code as is?


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