Islamabad: Referring to the court directive where a woman accused of running a brothel in Peshawar was asked to attend sermons at a mosque in repentance for her ‘bad deeds`, an editorial in a Pakistani daily has said that courts should stay away from the confines of religion and conform to standard judicial procedure.
The courts are always considered a beacon of justice and common sense, dispensing verdicts and sentences within set boundaries that usually stay away from the confines of religion.
However, this verdict has set a new precedent, one that, unfortunately, should have no place within the walls of the honourable court, the editorial in the Daily Times said.
Since the dark days of Ziaul Haq`s so-called ‘Islamic` rule, many institutions in the country have followed his example by interpreting Islam in a very ``unique`` way and also how morality ought to be imposed in society. That the esteemed courts seem to have joined the bandwagon is unsettling indeed, it stated.
Ziaul Haq``s rather strange idea of religion and how it should be followed blurred the lines between crime and sin. Where crime is an act that should be punished by the law of the land and the courts, sin is an act confined to faith where only God can act as the judge, jury and executioner, it added.
To see crime and sin combined into moral reform handed down by the courts is worrisome because it goes beyond the parameters of the law. For the honourable courts to hand down morally reformative conditions for bail does not conform to the principles of jurisprudence, the editorial said.
The editorial concluded by saying that one wonders, if the courts deliver such verdicts, what will be next and who will assign moral redemption in the name of religion next?