As I have pointed out many times, the Sharia requirement that four male witnesses are needed in order to establish guilt in cases of rape, based on the revelation Muhammad received exonerating his wife Aisha of adultery (Qur’an 24:11-20), puts women in grave danger. And indeed, studies have shown that most women in prison in Pakistan are there because they are victims of rape, but their accusations could not be substantiated and became evidence against them of zina — unlawful sexual intercourse.
And it’s not going to change: “Islamists oppose rape law reforms,” from The Peninsula (Qatar), with thanks to Twostellas:
Islamabad “¢ Islamist grouping Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal wants assurances from secularist Alliance for Restoration of Democracy that controversial rape laws will not be reformed before it signs the Charter of Democracy.
The MMA will present its reservations on the Charter of Democracy, with emphasis on resistance to changing the controversial Hudood Ordinance, which equates rape with adultery, in writing to the ARD in a meeting today, sources said here Monday.
Sources said that the MMA would seek assurance that any political party coming to power would not seek to amend or repeal Islamic laws, including the Hudood Ordinance.
They said the MMA would not sign the Charter of Democracy until all its reservations were addressed. They said that the MMA had reservation about a clause in the charter which said that political parties wanted to curtail powers of the Federal Shariah Court.