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Rape and Hudood Ordinance: Perversions of Justice in the Name of Islam

Mohammad Omar Farooq


December 1, 2006

In 1979 under the military rule of late General Ziaul Huq Hudood Ordinance was enacted to bring the country's legal system in compliance with Shariah. This Ordinance also covered the punishments for adultery (Zina). Rape was also categorized as a form of adultery, which had drastic and very unfortunate consequence for many women in general and rape victims in particular. In this paper, we examine the problems with these Hudood laws that put women in a serious double jeopardy, perverting justice in the name of Islam.

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Keywords: Islam, Islamic Law, Hudood, Gender Issues, Rape, Zina, Zina bil Jabr, Women's rights, Islamic Fiqh, Pakistan, Shariah, Sharia, Taqi Muhammad Usmani, Mufti Usmani

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Date posted: December 21, 2009 ; Last revised: December 28, 2009

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Farooq, Mohammad Omar, Rape and Hudood Ordinance: Perversions of Justice in the Name of Islam (December 1, 2006). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1525412 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1525412

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