Pakistan’s notorious Hudood Ordinances were promulgated in by the military regime of General Ziaul Haq. The most controversial of. Coupled with the introduction of the Hudood Ordinances, the. Zia regime also introduced judicial reforms which restructured. Pakistan’s higher judiciary. “Legal Injustices: The Zina Hudood ordinance of Pakistan and its implications for women,” Journal of International Women’s Studies 7, no.

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Convict shall be medically examined before flogging to determine if the flogging should be “applied in such manner and with such intervals” that it does not kill the offender being flogged.

Webarchive template wayback links Articles with short description Articles containing potentially dated statements from November All articles containing potentially dated statements. Cohabitation caused by a man hudoof inducing a belief of lawful marriage Every man who by deceit causes any woman who is not lawfully married to him to believe that she is lawfully married to him and to cohabit with him in that belief, shall be punished with rigorous imprisonment for a term orddinance may extend to twenty-five years and with whipping not exceeding thirty stripes, and shall also be liable to fine.

Trio accused in JIT report reject findings, claim innocence. The government has called the legislation “historic” and says that it does not go against the tenets of Islam.

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Views Read Edit View history. Short title, extent and commencement 1. Her rapist was acquitted. This page was last edited on 7 Marchat The woman returns to her parental home.

Hudood Laws

Flogging may be postponed if the offender is ill, pregnant, or if the weather is too cold, etc. However, in practice, these safeguards have not always worked. Archived from the original on 29 November The ordinances follow the classical mainly Hanafi jurisprudence doctrine.


No punishment under sub-section 2 shall be executed until it has been confirmed by the Court to which an appeal from the order of conviction lies; and if the punishment be of whipping; until it is confirmed and executed, the convict shall be dealt with in the same manner as if sentenced to simple imprisonment.

A woman alleging rape was required to provide four adult male eyewitnesses of good standing tazkiyah-al-shuhood to “the act of penetration”. Whoever is guilty of Zina liable to hadd shall, subject to the provisions of this Ordinance, – a. Get updates on human rights issues from around the globe.

Pakistan: Proposed Reforms to Hudood Laws Fall Short

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. It replaced parts of the British-era Pakistan Penal Codeadding new criminal offences of adultery and fornicationand new punishments of whippingamputationand stoning to death. Please give now to support our work. When zina-bil-jabr liable to tazir is committed by two or more persons in furtherance of common intention of all each of such persons shall be punished with death.

The hadd punishment given to such an ordlnance was stoning to orddinance while the penalty for a fornicator was public whipping of lashes. This risk of imprisonment, it is contended, has kept many women from trying to bring their attackers to justice.

It is hudood that the legislation led to thousands of women being imprisoned without being proved whether they were ordihance guilty. Provided ordinancd, if the accused is a non-Muslim, the Presiding Officer may be a non-Muslim. Dear reader, please upgrade to the latest version of IE to have a better reading experience. The Hudood Law was intended to implement Shari’a law or bring Pakistani law into “conformity with the injunctions of Islam”, by enforcing punishments mentioned in the Quran and sunnah for zina extramarital sex[3] qazf false accusation of zinatheft, and consumption of alcohol.


Under the Hudood Ordinancewomen were routinely jailed for adultery on flimsy evidence, often when a former husband refused to recognise a divorce. Though this legislation does not redress all the problems introduced by the Hudood Ordinances, substantial changes have been made, hjdood is a step in the right direction. Human Rights Watch said that Pakistan should ensure that it complies with its obligations under the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women, which calls on states to modify or abolish laws that discriminate against women.

Human rights groups and activists in Pakistan have also criticized the bill, with one group complaining: The system provided for two kinds of offences — hadd and tazir — with different punishments to go with them.

Qazf does not require such strong evidence. Hadd offences fixed punishment require a higher standard of proof than tazir discretionary punishment and their punishments are more hueood. Kennedy states that “clearly the perception that Zia’s program significantly discriminated against women’s rights is fundamentally flawed”. One non-classical feature is that Hadd punishments can only be carried hudoodd after an appeal to the Federal Shariat Court has failed. Inauguration ceremony of Mohmand dam postponed.

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Application of certain provisions of Pakistan Penal Code, and amendment. Worse, in actual practice, the vast majority ordinnace accused women were found guilty by the trial court only to be acquitted on appeal to the Federal Shariat Court. As a result, courts sometimes view a woman’s allegations of rape as an admission of illegal sex, making sexual assault victims susceptible to prosecution themselves.