Pakistan

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Pakistan, officially the Islamic Republic of Pakistan (Urdu: اسلامی جمہوریۂ پاکستان), is a country in South Asia. Its population is more than 180 million, making it the sixth most populous country in the world. Its official languages are Urdu and English. Its capital is Islamabad and its largest city is Karachi.

Throughout history, the land of Pakistan was home to numerous ancient cultures and had been occupied and ruled by many, including the Persians, Arabs, Mongols, Mughals and British. Formerly part of India, Pakistan gained independence in 1947 and became an Islamic republic in 1956.

Spanking in Pakistan[edit]

A Taliban Shariah beating a 17-year-old girl for breaking a minor Islamic law.

Judicial corporal punishment[edit]

Judicial corporal punishment (in the form of caning) in Pakistan was inherited from British-ruled India, but its scope greatly increased during General Zia's regime (1977-1985). During this period, many judicial canings were conducted in public (in sports stadiums) in front of thousands of spectators. Those who were subjected to this form of punishment were usually criminals who had committed very serious offenses, such as rape.

The caning was administered with a long, thick and whippy cane, across the offender's buttocks, which were covered by a thin layer of clothing (in accordance with Islamic regulations, as public nudity is considered obscene in Muslim countries). The prisoner was tied to an A-Frame (similar to the one used for judicial canings in Malaysia) in a standing upright, legs apart position, but some cases he may be bent over a chair like a schoolboy. A microphone was sometimes placed close to the prisoner's head, so his cries could be heard by the crowd.

This form of punishment is less common now but has not been totally abolished.

A different and more Islamic-style type of judicial flogging, which is legal, is common in tribal areas that are far out of the government's control. The offender may not necessarily be beaten with a cane, but also other implements as well, such as whips. The punishment is also commonly carried out in public.

Another form of judicial corporal punishment is administered by the police in Punjab (Pakistan's largest province), using a specially-made leather paddle called a "patta", applied to the offender's clothed/bare bottom. This punishment is usually conducted in the police station but sometimes on the street as well. It is unclear whether this form of punishment is legal or not, but it appears to be carried out in a systematic and methodical way, implying that certain rules and regulations may be followed.

School corporal punishment[edit]

School corporal punishment is lawful in Pakistan. Ministerial directives have instructed teachers not to use it, but in practice, these rules are not enforced, and there are news reports of physical abuse by teachers against students, which is not in accordance with 'proper' corporal punishment. 'Proper' corporal punishment appears to be inherited from British colonial rule rather than Islamic traditions - male students are subjected to caning on the palm of the hand or on the buttocks, and the slipper is also sometimes used.

Pakistani spanking art[edit]

None known so far.

Swat Valley[edit]

Swat Valley is a valley and an administrative district in Pakistan. In 2009, a teenage girl was spanked with a belt by a Taliban officer in Swat Valley (the apt name is a coincidence). The event was recorded and posted to the Internet, sparking some outrage.

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