The Pakistan Rant or How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love The Rapists

Imagine a law designed and used specifically to protect rapists and to punish those who are raped. A law - a whole legal system in fact (the Sharia Islamic law system) - that says rape doesn't actually happen, it's really just women fornicating.

 

In this legal system, with this form of "justice", 99% of rapists go free while many raped women are sent to prison to serve long sentences. Sound ridiculous? Sound impossible? Well, it exists alright, in a very real country called Pakistan, and thousands of very real women are wasting away in prison right at this very moment simply because they were raped.

Sounds like some sort of anti-Pakistan or anti-Islam propaganda, doesn't it? But it's not, it's 100% true. Check it out if you don't believe me. The law states that 4 male witnesses must testify in court for there to be a conviction for rape. And if there aren't 4 witnesses then the woman is often prosecuted for "fornication" or "adultery". How many fucking rapes take place in front of 4 male witnesses?! Especially 4 male witnesses willing to testify. A woman is raped and it is witnessed by 3 men and they come to court to testify. Sorry, not good enough. Where's your 4th male witness? Ah, but you were seen having sex with this man who is not your husband. We certainly don't need 4 witnesses for an adultery conviction. Off to prison with you and may Allah forgive your evil sins.

Yeah, I know I already mentioned this in an earlier rant, but it's so sickening, so bloody upsetting, so incredibly disturbing and disgusting that I had to give it its very own rant. Thousands of women in Pakistan are serving time in prison (where they're invariably raped over and over again) for the hideous crime of, yes, being raped. This is a simple and very real fact. Of all the injustice in the world this has got to be one of the worst things I've ever heard of.

Imagine if this were to happen to you (or your mom, sister, wife or friend). Sitting in your own home when some men break in and brutally rape you. Now forget about justice or getting these scumbags off the streets so they can't do the same thing again, either to you or to anyone else. No, forget all that. All you've got to do now is make sure no one finds out or else you'll be going to prison for the next few years. Imagine that. Or worse, imagine someone does find out and you're now sent away to rot in prison. Because you were raped!

What kind of sick, demented system?! I mean, seriously, what a totally %$#@ed up country! What a perverse and disgusting society! And, yes, (No, don't do it Mike! Don't say it! What about toleration and understanding?) what a pathetic religion! Or, I should say, what a pathetic religion at least when you look at how it's practiced and enforced in countries such as Pakistan. Completely misogynistic, brutal, uncaring, unfair and unjust!

Mike Cowie (Oredakedo)
Saturday, March 20th, 2004

 

For another story on the inherent injustice within the Sharia Law system read this:

 

Mad Medieval Mutterings of Misogynistic Mullahs: Iran vs Saudi Arabia in "Always Blame The Victim"

 

 

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