Lady Judges of Pakistan is a documentary film that follows legal proceedings in the law courts presided over by women-judges in the four provinces of Pakistan. Shot in observational style and developed on the basis of collaborative relationships, it weaves together court proceedings, personal narratives, and glimpses of everyday life. While the main action flows through the multi-sited management of justice, the interactions among the litigants, defendants, lawyers, clerics, and police offer insights in the socio-legal context that the women judges are grappling with in Pakistan. It was screened as an avant premiere in Oslo and as a premiere at the Supreme Court of Pakistan on the 14th February 2013.
Directors:Livia Holden & Marius Holden
Running time:54 minutes
Language:Urdu and English
On the 2nd February 2012 the Senate approved the Status of Women Bill that provides for the establishment of a commission with the mandate to examine policies, programmes and other initiatives on women’s rights and gender equality, and to make recommendations.
“The bill recommends punishment for giving female [sic] in marriage or otherwise in ‘badla-e-sulh’, wani or swara. It says, “Whoever gives a female in marriage or otherwise compels her to enter into marriage, as ‘badla-e-sulh’, wanni, or swara or any other custom or practice under any name, in consideration of settling a civil dispute or criminal liability, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to seven years but shall not be less than three years and shall also be liable to fine of five hundred thousand rupees.”
Besides the bill proposed prohibition of depriving woman from inheriting property, prohibition of forced marriage and prohibition of marriage with the Holy Quran. The violators will be handed over either imprisonment or a fine of five hundred thousand rupees for each crime.”
From DAWN 12.12.2011
Prevention of Anti-Women Practices (Criminal Law Amendment) Act, 2011
498A. Prohibition of depriving woman from inheriting properly.- Whoever by deceitful or, illegal means deprives any woman from inheriting any movable or immovable property at the time of opening of succession shall be punished with imprisonment for either description for a term which may extend to ten years but not be less than five years or with a fine of one million rupees or both.
(ii) after section 498, in column 1 and the entries relating thereto in column (2) to (8), the following shall be inserted, namely:
||Prohibition of depriving woman from inheriting property
||Shall not arrest without warrant
||Imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to ten years but not be less than five years or with a fine, of rupees 10,00,000/- or both.”
||Court of sessions”