A new amendment to Pakistan’s rape laws was passed by the country’s lower house today, removing a clause inspired by the Koran that requires four witnesses to prove a charge of rape. It also removed the death penalty for consensual sex outside of marriage.
“This is an outrage!” decried on Islamic cleric. “How are we supposed to get new converts if we cannot give them the right to rape who they like, when they like, without fear of reprisal? This is a blow aimed at the very heart of Islam and the teachings of Muhammad!” Amnesty International, after roundly condemning President Bush and the state of Israel, stated that it was cautiously optimistic about the new law, and hoped this would contribute to a lower number of rapes in the country, particularly among the U.N. Peacekeepers in the region