Pakistan approves legislation to chemically ‘castrate’ rapists
Published: 02:59 PM, 25 November 2020
Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan
Imran Khan government has approved legislation to chemically “castrate” rapists to prevent rape which is on the rise in Pakistan and to hold speedy hearings in sexual harassment cases – includes the death penalty, as well as changes in the definition of rape.
Pakistan’s Cabinet on Tuesday approved two such ordinances, informing that the law will come into force soon, reports Dawn, the influential media of Pakistan.
Prime Minister Imran Khan presided over the cabinet meeting. The meeting approved the Anti-Rape Ordinance 2020 that changed the definition of rape in the history of Pakistan. The new ordinance also approves a proposal to repeal the controversial “two-finger test” for rape victims.
About this, Pakistan’s Information Minister Shibli Faraj said that the Federal Cabinet has approved two anti-rape ordinances. “The definition of rape has changed and the punishment for rape has been tightened. The death penalty has been imposed for gang rape. the ordinance would be finalized within a week,” he said.
Meanwhile, Imran Khan has mentioned the rape incident as a serious matter, saying: “It is the duty of the government to ensure the safety of its citizens. I will not tolerate any negligence in this regard.”
He commented that the law will be passed quickly and will be strictly enforced.
The Prime Minister of Pakistan further said, “The victims can file complaints without fear. The government has a responsibility to protect her and her family and to keep her identities secret.”
According to Dawn, the Imran Khan government has approved the Anti-Rape (Investigation and Trial) Ordinance 2020 and the Penal Code Ordinance 2020. This is the first time in the history of the country where the definition of eunuch and gang rape has been included.
The country’s human rights minister, Shireen Mazari, said in a tweet that the cabinet committees would finalize the two ordinances after analyzing various aspects. The two ordinances will come into force in a few days.
It is to be mentioned that a seven-year-old girl was raped and killed in Lahore in January 2018. The whole country protested against the incident and demanded strict laws for rapists. Namrita Chandani, a medical student in Pakistan, was raped and murdered last year.
In 2020, a young woman was walked naked in the streets after gang-raping by three young men in Pakistan. The brutal incident took place in the Waris Khan area of Rawalpindi city. Police arrested the main accused on the charge of torture but he was later released.
Despite promising services, the Pakistani government has not brought any new law so far. But in the wake of the increasing number of rape cases, Imran Khan has moved towards a new law.