As I noted in Islam Unveiled, most of the women in jail in Pakistan are there because they are victims of rape. Islamic evidence laws make the fact of rape all too easily into a crime committed by the woman.
From Deutsche Presse Agentur, with thanks to Sr. Soph:
ISLAMABAD – Nearly 80 per cent of the more than 6,000 women and juvenile girls on trial in Pakistan are facing charges under the controversial strict “Hudood” Islamic laws that mainly deal with crimes of adultery and rape, said a human rights report published on Monday.
The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) report also noted an increase in the killings of women in the name of honour, English “Daily Times” reported. Most such killings targetted women and girls who contracted marriages against family”s will.
Human-rights and civil-society organizations are demanding the repeal of the Hudood laws that were introduced by late military dictator Zia-ul-Haq, in 1979, to gain support of Muslim clerics for his rule….
The HRCP report quoted the findings of the government’s National Commission on Status of Women, which said that 50 per cent of the inmates of a government-run shelter house for women, called “Darul Amin”, were implicated under Hudood laws.
The commission has suggested repeal of the laws, while the hard-line Islamists, including the six-party religio-politico alliance of Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal, strongly oppose any change.
The HRCP has accused policemen of frequently violating the legal restrictions on keeping women overnight at police stations, saying that juvenile girls are held in various jails despite a ban on holding them alongside adult criminals.
International organizations estimate that up to 90 per cent of Pakistani women face domestic abuse. HRCP data showed that 96 cases of women suffering from severe burns had been reported between November 2004 and August 2005.