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Friday, July 01, 2005

Mulayam Singh in Contempt of Court!

An interesting point about the Imrana case.

She claims she was raped by her father-in-law. What does he say about this charge? Has he confessed to it? If so he should be sentenced to imprisonment at once.

If he has not confessed to it and will plead innocence, then the panchayat or the darul-uloom have no right to pass any judgements until the actual occurence of rape has been proven. If the rape never took place, zina has not been committed.

By passing the fatwa, the darul-uloom has infringed into the territory of the Indian judiciary, because rape is covered under criminal law, and only the judiciary can rule whether it actually happened. The fatwa implies that it has decided that what Imrana is saying is true and the rape happened, something only the courts can decide upon, and hence the darul-uloom must be held in contempt of court.

So should Mulayam Singh Yadav, for supporting the fatwa.