Pakistan, the judge who banned virginity tests enters the Supreme Court

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It is thanks to him that, in the state of Punjab, they have been since last year virginity tests on victims of violence prohibited sexual. Judge Ayesha Malik, 55, advocate of important rights, is there first woman in the history of Pakistan to have been nominated member of the Supreme Court by the highest judicial commission in the country.

A gash in the glass ceiling, as the parliamentary secretary for law and justice, Maleeka Bokhari, commented on Twitter. “An important and decisive moment in our country: a brilliant lawyer and judge has become the first woman of the Supreme Court”.

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A group of lawyers opposed the decision, which threatened the strike. According to Ayesha Malik’s detractors, her election violated seniority rules. Last year the commission refused the appointment of the judge, but this time five votes were in his favor, and four opposites.

In her career, Ayesha Malik has issued some fundamental verdicts, such as the one on virginity tests, which she believes are “a humiliating practice”, ‘Highly invasive’, which ‘has no scientific or medical qualifications’ and’ which is coming used to cast suspicion on the victiminstead of focusing on the accused and sexual assault. “

According to a 2018 UN report, however, virginity tests are still carried out in about twenty countries and can be administered with or without consent, in cases of rape or when a woman is accused of crimes such as premarital sex (which in Pakistan carries a five-year prison sentence).

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«The appointment of judge Ayesha Malik is a historic move for our judicial systemNighat Dad, a lawyer and rights activist, told the Guardian. «This is not only the first time a woman has held a position in the supreme court in the history of Pakistan, but opens up endless possibilities to other women in the legal field “, in” a country where gender-based violence is a constant reality “.

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