‘Women Protection Act clauses `repugnant`’

Pak`s Federal Shariah Court ruled that several clauses of the Women Protection Act were "repugnant" and violated the country`s Constitution.

Islamabad: Pakistan`s Federal Shariah
Court on Wednesday ruled that several clauses of the Women Protection
Act were "repugnant" and violated the country`s Constitution.

The court directed that amendments should be made in
the Women Protection Act in light of its verdict by June 22
next year.

If the amendments are not made by then, the court`s
order will become the law, a three-judge bench of the Federal
Shariah Court said.

The court gave its ruling in response to two petitions
against the Women Protection Act of 2006 that said clauses
removed from the controversial Hudood Ordinance should be
reinstated so that people could live in accordance with
"Islamic laws and principles".

The petitions had contended that several clauses
inserted in the Pakistan Penal Code through the Women
Protection Act were against Islamic laws and should be
removed.

These clauses relate to kidnapping of women,
compelling women into marriage, selling and buying women for
prostitution, cohabitation caused by a man deceitfully
inducing a belief of lawful marriage and enticing or detaining
a woman with criminal intent.

PTI

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