War against rape

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION - BUSHRA WASEEM

Rape is an age-old crime, a beastly act of ag­gres­sion and vi­o­lence against women. I won­der how could the so­ci­ety elim­i­nate rape and how the law could curb it? Rape be­longs to a spe­cific branch of crimes, i.e crimes against hu­man body but it is to be noted that rape not only hurts the vic­tim’s body but also deeply af­fects her psy­cho­log­i­cal make-up. It also dif­fers from other acts of vi­o­lence as it is com­mit­ted against women only. More over the so­cial stigma against the vic­tim is so great that she is not likely to pub­li­cise it.

One fails to un­der­stand the pur­pose of the Or­di­nance, whether it was to per­pet­u­ate the crime or to con­trol it. The Or­di­nance has given po­lice all pow­ers. Be­ing no­to­ri­ously cor­rupt, po­lice would lock up both the ac­cused and vic­tim and de­mand money from both. The Or­di­nance re­quires le­gal re­views and if the move­ment for war against rape is to be won, WAR should make ef­fort for a re-ex­am­i­na­tion of the Or­di­nance and the re­peal­ment of those sec­tions which are un­just and un-Is­lamic and pro­tect the of­fend­ers. — Via email

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