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Sindh Assembly calls for mandatory DNA tests in rape cases

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KARACHI: The Sindh Assembly on Tuesday unanimously passed a resolution, tabled by Pakistan Peoples Party’s (PPP) MPA Sharmila Farooqi, which calls for making DNA tests mandatory in rape cases.

The resolution comes in the wake of controversial recommendation by the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) last month which had attracted a great deal of criticism from women rights organizations.

The CII had recommended that DNA should not be included as a primary evidence with regard to rape cases.

They held the view that Islam has set procedures to determine cases of rape and said Islamic procedure should be adopted during investigation.

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) had called the CII declaration “regressive, unfortunate and unkind to rape victims.”

The HRCP also called on the new government for an urgent reconstitution of the CII.

Asad Haroon
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