Pakistan

How could a tribal council in the Pakistani village of Meerwala Jatoi decree that a young woman be raped in revenge for a crime allegedly committed by her brother? by Beena Sarwar
The Zina (Enforcement of Hadd) Ordinance, 1979.
It is not every day that I get a letter from the Death Cell, Central Jail, Rawalpindi in Pakistan.
A court in Pakistan has suspended the sentence of stoning to death passed against a woman convicted of adultery.
Zafran Bibi's commission of Zina has not been established in court. She has been sentenced, on circumstantial evidence, for giving birth while her husband was in prison. The Federal Shariat Court has ruled that such evidence is inadequate.
The Women’s Action Forum (WAF) and the Joint Action Committee Lahore (JAC) condemn in the strongest terms possible the unprovoked police brutality against members of the Alliance for the Repeal of Discriminatory Laws in Islamabad on May 2nd 2002.
The arrests were made on 26th April whilst protesting against the proposed referendum.
Sindh High Court Hyderabad ordered the District and Sessions Judge Hyderabad to record the statement of a petitioner under section 164 Criminal Procedure Code (Cr. P.C.) and stopped her arrest under section 11/16 of Zina and Hudood Ordinance.
Women's Action Forum (WAF), Lahore expresses grave concern at the sentence of stoning to death of Zafran Bibi by the Sessions Judge Kohat, Mr. Anwar Ali. Zafran Bibi was sentenced on the basis of her statement before the court that she became pregnant and gave birth as the result of being raped by her husband's brother while the former was in jail. The male accused was acquitted.
Although friends in Pakistan clearly stated they wish to pursue this case by prioritising local pressure and working through the Pakistani legal system, local groups have however requested that international friends remain ready to launch an alert for action should the need arise. Pakistani women’s, human rights and lawyers’ groups have mobilised around the case. At this point they are prioritising local pressure and working through the Pakistani legal system as their strategy.
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