Thursday, November 16, 2006
From theage.com: Pakistan's lower house of parliament has voted to put the crime of rape under the civil penal code, curtailing the scope of Islamic laws that rights groups have long criticised as unfair to women.
The Women's Protection Bill was seen as a barometer of President Pervez Musharraf's commitment to his vision of "enlightened moderation" and a major battle in a struggle between progressive forces and religious conservatives over the Muslim nation's course.
Musharraf said in a television address to the nation later on Wednesday the bill was part of a government campaign to empower women launched in 2000, soon after he seized power in a bloodless coup. Rest of Article. . . [Mark Godsey]