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A Pakistani Muslim policeman charged with raping a teenaged girl in a police station has been charged under a controversial religious law that carries the death penalty – but which could also enable him to walk free. Qaiser Shah was booked under Sections 10 and 11 of the Hud Zina Ordinance, which puts the onus on the victim to prove she was raped. Under this law, the victim has to produce four male Muslims who were witness to the rape. If she fails to prove the allegation, she can be ostracised and even charged with adultery. Late military dictator Zia-ul Haq had enacted the law in 1979.

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