Who Will Cast The First Stone

Directed by Ahmed A. Jamal and Sabiha Sumar
1989, color, 52 mins., VHS
English and Urdu with English subtitles.

Examines the impact of Islamization on women in Pakistan, revealing the oppression and injustice which has led Pakistani women to the forefront of the political struggle for equal rights. In 1979, Zina (defined as adultery, rape or extramarital sex) became a crime against the state punishable by stoning to death. These new laws were intended to promote the middle class image of an ideal Muslim woman–chaste, submissive and confined. This documentary focuses on the case histories of three women and features interviews with them as well as with human rights activists, religious leaders, lawyers and scholars.