The ruling may reduce the impact of the Hudood Ordinances adopted in
But in an article entitled Violence Against Women and International Law, New York International Law Review, Vol. 20, p.57 (Winter 2007), Rebecca Adams states that in Pakistan:
- “The subordination of women is effectively written into the law. Women have limited or no recourse when they are victimized by domestic violence.”
- "Men view their wives as property and in fact, certain interpretations of Islamic law allow husbands to ‘control and physically discipline their wives as necessary.'"
- "Evidence suggests that somewhere between 70 and 90% of Pakistani women are victims of domestic violence."
- "The Pakistani legal system is comprised of 'tribal codes, Islamic law, Indo-British judicial traditions and customary traditions' that have created an ‘atmosphere of oppression around women, where any advantage or opportunity offered to women by one law, is cancelled out by one or more of the others.'"
does not have any specific legislation against domestic violence. akistan
- Even egregious crimes such as honor killings, where a man murders his wife for apparent or suspected infidelity, almost always receive minimal punishment.
- Women who bring claims of assault often face bias within the justice system from police officers, prosecutors and judges who are more likely to believe that a woman is trying to ‘frame’ a man or that domestic violence is a private matter that is sanctioned by the law and culture.
- A woman claiming sexual assault is more likely to be jailed for fornication or adultery than to be successful in her suit.
- Marriage is a complete defense to a charge of rape.