Placement of the burden of proof on the disempowered
Placement of the burden of proof on victims of environment pollution Placement of the burden of proof of abuse on vulnerable groups Benefit of doubt given to vested interests
A special form of this problem for shifting the onus of proof onto the victim is the practice called decoupling. Decoupling involves a set of propaganda techniques denying the crime while deploring the conditions or circumstances that caused the perpetrators to commit the crime. Thus, decoupling throws blame onto the victim while it denies guilt.
In many traditional societies, the burden of proof in the case of sexual assault is placed on the woman. In Pakistan, the law known as the Hadood Ordinance stipulates that a woman's charge of rape can only be substantiated if the testimony of four adult male Moslem witnesses is obtained. If the woman is unable to substantiate her claim successfully, she may be charged with adultery and subject to corporal punishment or imprisonment.
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