Criminalizing Premarital Pregnancy

Imagine being legally punished for having sex outside of marriage. Now imagine the consequences being foisted on you, but not your partner. That’s the situation facing a number of migrant women—mostly domestic workers—in Qatar.
 
Zina laws, based on Islamic legal tradition, criminalize unmarried sex, adultery and pregnancy out of wedlock and can result in up to 1 year in prison. Pregnancy is often the tip-off to the so-called crime, and employers are known to turn in female domestic workers.
 
Advocates for migrant workers call the laws inhumane. “When a woman is pregnant, the last place she should be is in detention,” says Vani Saraswathi of Migrant-Rights.org.
 
Source: The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

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