Pakistan - The Qanun e Shahadat Order, 1984 (Law of Evidence) - Equality Now

Pakistan - The Qanun e Shahadat Order, 1984 (Law of Evidence)

  • Country: Pakistan
  • Law status: Discriminatory law in force
  • Law Type: Evidence

Article 17 of Pakistan’s Qanun-e-Shahadat Order, 1984 (Law of Evidence) provides that women’s testimony is worth half that of men in certain civil matters.

Article 17. Competence and number of witnesses.

(1) The competence of a person to testify, and the number of witnesses required in any case shall be determined in accordance with the injunctions of Islam as laid down in the Holy Quran and Sunnah.

(2) Unless otherwise provided in any law relating to the enforcement of Hudood or any other special law,

(a) in matters pertaining to financial or future obligations, if reduced to writing, the instrument shall be attested by two men, or one man and two women, so that one may remind the other, if necessary, and evidence shall be led accordingly; and

(b) in all other matters, the Court may accept, or act on, the testimony of one man or one woman or such other evidence as the circumstances of the case may warrant.

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Article 25 of the Constitution of Pakistan: (1) All citizens are equal before law and are entitled to equal protection of law. (2) There shall be no discrimination on the basis of sex.

Sex discrimination in personal status laws negatively impacts the ability of women to conduct various aspects of their daily lives.

Laws which provide that a woman’s testimony in court is worth only half that of a man’s mean that the woman herself is seen by the law as only worth half that of a man, limiting access to justice and legal remedies.

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