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Karo kari

Letter to the editor…

It is reported that a law against the ‘Karo kari’ (lynch law for a rebel woman) is on the anvil. It is feared that this law would meet the same fate as Hadood laws as all laws in Pakistan are being legislated only as a political stunt without keeping in mind the fact that changes in social values cannot be brought about by law but only through a process of evolution and progress, which takes time as laws represent only and cannot impose a certain morality on society. There is one special Sura of the Qur’an which deals with women, called Nissa, verse 34 of which reads as under:

“Men are in charge of women, because Allah hath made one of them to excel the other, and because they spend of their property (for the support of women). So good women are the obedient, guarding the secret that which Allah hath guarded. As for those, from whom ye fear rebellion, admonish them and banish them to beds apart, and scourge them (punish them severely). Then if they obey you, seek not a way agains,t them. Lo! Allah is ever High Exalted, Great”. (Translation by Pickthal)

In view of the above should not the proposed one-sided law against Karo kari be treated as derpgatory to the Qur’an and Sunnah unless a counterbalancing law is also proposed prescribing punishment for ‘Kari’ or rebellious woman in accordance with the Quran and Sunnah?

T. S. Bokhari
Islamabad, via e-mail, June 6, 2004.
Source: The Nation