Islamic Council Makes Changes to Rape Laws

The Council of Islamic Ideology made changes to current laws demanding that raped women be required to produce 4 witnesses to the crime.
The Daily Times reports:

ISLAMABAD: The Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) on Saturday unanimously decided that a victim of rape (zina-bil-jabr) should not be required to produce four witnesses to file a complaint.

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,” a press release of the CII said.

The council also stressed that rape (zina-bil-jabr) and consensual sex with someone other than a spouse (zina-bil-raza) are separate crimes. It observed that a person accused of adultery should be acquitted if the complainant fails to produce four witnesses to prove their point in court. Once acquitted, the accused could not be punished under any other law unless he/she refused to give a statement under oath or confessed to the crime, the council said.

…The Council also decided to hold an international conference on ‘Islam and social problems’ in collaboration with the International Islamic University, Islamabad.

The council made these recommendations in its 164th meeting, chaired by Dr Muhammad Khalid Masood. Dr Javed Ahmed Ghamdi, Justice (r) Munir Ahmed Mughal, Justice Rashid Ahmed Jelandri, Allma Syed Zakir Hussain Shah Sialvi, Maulana Abdullah Khilji, Dr Manzoor Ahmed, Prof Syed Bibi and Pir Syed Daman Shah attended the meeting.

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