ordinances (collectively referred to as the ‘Hudood [ Hud?d ]. Ordinances’) which were Also, new laws were introduced through the vehicle of the ordinances. THE HUDOOD LAWS 65 basic needs. This changed the following year, however, as Pakistan’s military dictator, President General Zia-ul-Haq, introduced the. (New York) – The Pakistani government’s proposed amendments to the Hudood Ordinances are grossly inadequate and fall far short of the.

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The most controversial of the four ordinances, [5] it has several distinct categories of sexual offences and assigned punishments for each:. The Act has now deleted zina bil jabbar from the Zina Hudood Ordinance [17] and inserted sections and for Lsws and Punishment respectively in the Pakistan Penal Code to replace it.

He does not argue with statements such as “eight out of every ten women in jail today are those charged with the offence of Zina”.

Retrieved 21 November This is known as the Hudood ordinance. This website uses profiling non ,aws cookies, also third parties cookies, in order to send advertising messages according to user’s preferences. These laws created six distinct categories of sexual offences and assigned punishments for each: Thumping a fat red statute book, the white-bearded judge who convicted her, Anwar Ali Khan, said he had simply followed the letter of the Qur’an-based law, known as hudood, that mandates punishments.

Because judood this hidood standard, no accused has ever been found guilty and stoned to death in Pakistan, [14] [15] and punishments have been awarded only under the Tazir provision of the Hudood Ordinance. Archived from the original on 29 November In the two and a half decades the law was unchanged, several Pakistani government appointed commissions recommended the Zina Ordinance’s repeal such as the National Commission for the Status of Women inthe Special Committee to Review the Hudood Ordinances,Commission of Inquiry for Women.


The amendments fail to address fundamental problems with the Hudood Ordinances, such as the discriminatory provisions that criminalize sex outside of marriage and fail to recognize marital rape. Pakistan’s previous rape laws, repealed by the Zina Ordinance, had defined rape as compulsory sexual intercourse. One case was that of Safia Bibi, an unmarried blind woman from the northwest frontier who was prosecuted for zina because of her illegitimate pregnancy.

Pakistan: Reform Hudood Laws Now

BOTH decision and timing are scarcely believable and will surely give more ammunition to those quarters denouncing Both of these were later overturned by the Supreme Court. It was restored in stages between November and Marchand although it contains provisions guaranteeing equality before law and prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex alone, the Hudood Ordinances have been permitted to co-exist.

Though this legislation does not redress all the problems introduced by the Hudood Ordinances, substantial changes have been made, which is a step in the right direction. Your tax deductible gift can help stop human rights violations and save lives around the world. Most Viewed August 21, Dispatches.

Retrieved 19 November December 13, Dispatches. 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.

Worse, in actual practice, the vast majority of accused women were found guilty by the trial court only to be acquitted on appeal to the Federal Shariat Court. Under haddeyewitnesses evidence of the act of penetration by huood least four Muslim adult male witnesses”, about whom “the court is satisfied”, that “they are truthful persons and abstain from major sins kabair ” tazkiyah al-shuhood.

Retrieved 5 May Dear reader, online ads enable us to deliver the journalism you value. Both it paws adultery became non-compoundable, non-bailable, and punishable at maximum by death.

Hudood Ordinances

Most Shared December 14, Dispatches. There was a significant amendment made to bring women’s crimes back lxws the PPC. The primary distinction between the hadd and tazir offenses is that the hadd offences require a higher standard of proof than is needed in tazir as the Islamic punishments are more severe. Updated December 30, Pressure on the press A government-controlled body to run the affairs of newspapers is not in sync hdood the modern concepts of rule.


Rapes are committed in seclusion and four witnesses are difficult to find.

Don’t mix sin with crime”. Please give now to support our work. The Hudood Ordinances are fundamentally flawed and must be repealed in their entirety.

For robbery liable to haddthe right hand of hudoid offender and his left foot should be amputated by a surgeon. March 14, Commentary. July 7, News Release. The Denial lawd Juvenile Justice in Pakistan. One non-classical feature is that Hadd punishments can only be carried out after an appeal to the Federal Shariat Court has failed.

The Hudood Laws

Click to read more and watch the video. December 31, Economic direction? Zafran had confessed to her crime. 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.

Hudood Ordinances – Wikipedia

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.

Huodod, the courts have no consistent standards of proof for rape. Retrieved 29 January