I was reading an article on over the mis-guided issue of ‘DNA can not be a primary evidence for rape cases’. This simple case been made contradicted and ill-logical by our society highly educated religious scholars. The shout goes to the Council of Islamic Ideology, a constitutional body, that ruled out Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) sample is not acceptable as primary evidence in case of a rape but However, it can be used as secondary or supporting evidence, thanks to them for giving words on some sort of support to the evidence.
The rape cases are complicated all over the world, even with the enhancing innovations in every day technology but the justice been mostly given to the victims by the help of this highly technological tests of DNA. Irony is this, in our culture the officials don’t even treat the rape women victims as a pious or respected citizen, that lead them to show their negligence or less-importance in dealing with such cases. A recent example to this was Mukhtaran Mai story, the case was highlighted all over the world and she was portrayed as a symbol of respect for all of us, but unfortunately our justice system treated her other way round. Here comes the question – is this what any religion treat us as how to treat women, of-course NOT. The Islamic guidance and Quranic versus describes number of times on the importance and respect of a woman, all the men and women are equal, absolutely there is no difference between them and both are promised the same reward for good conduct and the same punishments for evil conduct.
The Verse goes like this “They (your wives, sisters and mothers) are your garment and you are a garment for them’.
Five years back, a girl was raped inside the compound of Father of the Nation tomb / mausoleum, its the most respected building in Pakistan where millions visit the place every year to pay homage to the founding father of the country. The place is guarded by the local police. Armed forces personnel on 24 hours duty round the clock around the actual tomb – a much respected duty for each individual. The girl didn’t commit the suicide, she was brave enough to launch her complaint with the police, the police came into action (may be they had some respect left for the nations founder), got arrested one of the guy and later on with the help of DNA tests they captured two others. Those two guys got released by the judiciary on the excuse that DNA proofs aren’t reliable enough and no one has seen (witness) the girl being raped – so no witnesses.
DNA is the only material present in all living organisms, its the only fundamental material that gives distinctive characteristics of someone. These religious council members can accept ID card identification, Passport bar code reader, new mobile phone techy gadgets but cant accept the DNA.
Few decades ago, same religious fanatics who mostly are filled with excessive and single minded zeal considered Radio as an ‘EVIL’ box, Cars as the rides of hell and unimaginable nonsense words or ‘FATWAS’ about TV. Today they all drives non-muslim maker cars, gadgets, clothes, watches and above all the guns / weapons – all Russian, european and west productions.
They must have had gone through few medical treatments and operations like heart surjeries and by passes in their life, wasnt those one were medically science governed technology? Yes it was the same science which gave gave them second life and now they are healthy enough to live a happy life.
My and my countrymen requests them to please change your thinking instead adopt less fanatism, be modest, loyal to people, give justice and follow the path which lead you to become a good human being.