A young man was publicly flogged in Karachi, Pakistan, on Wednesday (13 December) as part of his punishment for rapping a five-year old girl.
SV: manacled prisoner led from lorry across stadium in Karachi.
CU: young girl held by father watches, surrounded by crowds.
GV AND SV: prisoner taken to frame and prepared for flogging. (2 shots)
GV, SV AND CU: crowd watch as prisoner is strapped to frame. (4 shots)
CU: young rape victim and her father.
SV: prisoner receives first stroke.
LV: police control crowd.
SV: prisoner receives another stroke.
SV: police controlling crowds as prisoner gets two more strokes.
SV AND CU: prisoner on frame having pulse taken by doctor (2 shots).
SV: prisoner helped away by soldiers.
Although the stricter enforcement of Islamic laws has met with general approval in Pakistan, there some opponents. Among them is Mrs Nusrat Bhutto wife of the ousted Prime Minister, who has led the Pakistan's Peoples' Party since her husband was taken into detention on criminal charges in September. She has called on the military regime to halt the sentence of flogging which she says is an insult to human dignity. And a group of 40 intellectuals in Karachi has called for the abolition of amputation and flogging which they said was inhuman.
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Background: A young man was publicly flogged in Karachi, Pakistan, on Wednesday (13 December) as part of his punishment for rapping a five-year old girl. Such punishment is decreed by Islamic law, which has been strictly enforced in Pakistan since the military government of General Exe-uk-Hag took power last July.
SYNOPSIS: The man, convicted of rape by a military court, wore manacles as he was led to the flogging. His young victim and her father were among several thousand people who gathered to watch.
The rapist had been sentenced to 15 lashes, and one year's imprisonment. After overthrowing the civilian government of former Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, General Exe decreed that public whippings be introduced for a wide range of crimes. A maximum of 30 strokes is permitted, but all women, are excluded.
The amputation of thieves' hands also was among the measures decreed by General Exe. In many cases part of the punishment is that the public should witness the humiliation of those convicted.
There has been a growing trend in the Islamic world towards tightening morality and discouraging crime by the reinforcement of the Sharia religious laws formulated 1,400 years ago. Pakistan was the first non-Arab Asian country to introduce such stringent punishment for Moslems, who make up 97 percent of the population.