Islamic groups protest Pakistani rape law reform
Sharia courts in Pakistan, based on Islamic religious law, try rape cases under "death by ." laws instituted in 1979. The laws say that a rape victim must herself face charges unless she can produce four Muslim male witnesses to the rape. The maximum sentence for adultery is
The laws are widely condemned by women's rights groups as an almost impossible burden of proof. Human rights groups have long campaigned for changes to the religious laws. On Wednesday, Parliament voted overwhelmingly in favor of the amendments.
A coalition of Islamic parties, the(MMA), which forms the Parliamentary opposition, has opposed the changes, saying it encourages "free sex". The MMA says that its members will resign from national and provincial assemblies in protest.
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