KARACHI, Pakistan Dec 11, 2006 (AP)— More than 20,000 supporters of an Islamic alliance rallied Sunday, demanding the government withdraw changes to a controversial rape statute that they say go against Islam. Musharraf last week signed into law some amendments to the Hudood Ordinance, a 1979 law against rape that human rights activists said punished rape victims while providing legal safeguards for their attackers.
The ordinance required a rape victim to produce four witnesses in court to prove her assault claim. Under the new amendment, judges can choose whether a rape case should be tried in a criminal court where the four-witness rule does not apply or under the Islamic ordinance.
The new law also drops the death penalty for sex outside of marriage. The offense now would be punishable with five years in prison or a fine of $165. Human rights groups have hailed the amendments but Muslim groups claim the changes go against Islam. Opposition Islamic groups have held a series of protests against the new law since it was passed by Parliament last month.
i know that rape is no laughing matter (unless your raping a clown) but this story got to make you laugh. if this doesnt make you laugh at the islamic faith then nothing else will. what this boils down to is that these people are protesting to regain their right to rape women. bottom line thats all it is. i'll debate any muslim on this . i dont think i would rape someone in front of four witnesses unless i could count on them to back my story. about dropping the death penalty for sex outside marriage...well , do you realize how many camels would be killed each year. $165 or five years in jail? that amounts to $33 per year. can you pay $99 and go to jail for two years? no wonder these countries arent third world....they're fourth world. all the women should just get up and leave. imagine a country full of just men. gayiety would ensue for sure. you think they're pissed off now? imagine the possibilities then. the best thing the united states could do is give them free internet. nobody has a jihad when they can rub one out to good old red, white and blue american porn. it is the one thing we do better than anyone (including the japs and germans). we may not be able to build a really good car anymore but we will always have that.
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