Prevention of Anti-Women Practices Act, 2011

The Prevention of Anti-Women Practices (Criminal Law Amendment) Act 2011 prohibits several oppressive and discriminatory customs practiced towards women in Pakistan. Customary practices that are criminalized under this Act include:

Under section 310-A of the Pakistan Penal Code, a punishment of imprisonment for 3 to 7 years, and/or fine of 500,000 rupees ensues.

Under section 498-A, depriving women from inheriting property by deceitful or illegal means is punishable with imprisonment of 5 – 10 years, or fine of 1,000,000 rupees, or both.

Under section 498-B, forced marriages are punishable with 3 – 10 years imprisonment, along with a fine of 500,000 rupees.

Under section 498-C, forcing, arranging or facilitating a woman’s marriage with the Holy Quran is punishable with imprisonment of 3 – 7 years, along with fine of 500,000 rupees.