SC acts on woman character assassination -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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SC acts on woman character assassination

LAHORE – Hearing a petition a Supreme Court Bench here Monday took a serious view of the trend to sully character of the women through baseless charges in order to avoid their right.

The Bench headed by Justice Falak Sher and comprising Justice Ch Ijaz Ahmad observed that certain people did not shirk invoking even illegitimacy charges against the females in order to deny them their due.

The Bench is hearing the petition of one Fateh Abdul Hassan Shah of Shorkot who had questioned the maintenance of Rs 1000 each fixed by the trial Court for his ex-wife and her daughter in May 2003.

The revelation from the record was shocking for the Court that the petition had in writing blamed his ex-wife with incestuous relationship with her father and was married when she was a minor. The allegations of incest, on which he also got an FIR registered against the lady Shamim Fatma, proved false in the police investigations which subsequent to that, had referred the case to the agistrate concerned to seek quashing of the case.

It is an extremely unabashed act of the male towards the female to circumvent her right, the court remarked adding, a person who levels such allegations deserves severest punishment.

Pointing at the initiation of Kazaf proceedings against the petition, the court asked him to come up on Thursday with maintenance money which he failed pay to the lady and her child over to last four years. The court has also called for the appearance of the lady on that day to know whether she would forgive him or she wouldn’t.

The court said the petitioner would be dealt with law in either case however differently, if the lady forgave him.
The petitioner counsel wanted the Kazaf matter to be referred to the Magisterial Court which had received the case for quashing, but the Court preferred to itself deal with the issue saying, it was looking at the matter from a different point of view.

The court has asked the Police Station concerned, Administrative Civil Judge Shorkot and the Senior Civil Judge to see and ensure presence of the parties on the next date of hearing.
Source: The Nation
Date:9/4/2007