SC orders to use appropriate words for rape victims
ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court has directed courts to refrain from using inappropriate expressions for rape survivors and to not to drag their sexual history.
Words like ‘habituated to sex’, ‘woman of easy virtue’, ‘woman of loose moral character’, and ‘non-virgin’, should not be used against the victim even if the accused is not found guilty.
A 11-page judgment authored by Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah reads that such words are inappropriate and illegal. It further states that a woman, whatever her sexual character or reputation may be, is entitled to equal protection of law.
Even if the victim of rape is accustomed to sexual intercourse, it is not determinative in a rape case; the real fact-in-issue is whether or not the accused committed her rape.