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Rapists should be publicly hanged: Imran Khan

 International Desk daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 10:46 PM, 15 September 2020  

Rapists should be publicly hanged: Imran Khan

Rapists should be publicly hanged: Imran Khan

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan says rapists should be handed down the most severe punishments to curb rising sexual violence in the country, such as either hanging them publicly or chemically castrating them.

The premier came up with the views during an interview with Moeed Pirzada on 92 News HD broadcast on Monday, in response to a question about the motorway gang-rape case that caused an outpouring of anger across the country and brought sexual violence against women into national focus.

Prime Minister Imran said the motorway rape had "shaken the entire nation" because the victim could have been anyone's sister or daughter.

He said he was "shocked" to find out from the police that sex crimes in the country were rising greatly.

"They (rapists) should be given exemplary punishments. In my opinion, they should be hanged at the chowk (piazza)," he said, adding that this punishment should be reserved for rapists and those who abuse children.

"Unfortunately, when we had the discussion, [we were] told it would not be internationally acceptable," he said of public hangings. "They said the GSP-Plus trade status given to us by the European Union will be affected."

He said another option was to "chemically or surgically castrate" rapists, according to the degree of the crime, "as is done by many countries".

Prime Minister Imran noted that the primary suspect in the motorway rape, Abid Ali, was previously involved in a gang-rape in 2013 as well. "We need fresh legislation to permanently sterilize such [criminals]," he said.

The premier regretted that there was no registry of sex offenders in the country, which led to a convicted paedophile from a European country entering Pakistan and sexually abusing children here.

He said sexual crimes should be fought by the entire society, and not just police. "World history tells when you increase fahashi (vulgarity) in the society, two things happen: sex crimes increase and the family system breaks down," he added.

Citing an example, he said the divorce rate in England shot up to 70 percent at present as vulgarity increased there.

Compared to the West, "our family system is intact. We can fix our justice system and the institutions but if our family system breaks down, we will not be able to rebuild it," the premier stressed, saying New Delhi too has become the "rape capital" of the world due to obscenity in Bollywood.

He said he had pushed for Turkish blockbuster Ertuğrul to be broadcast on Pakistani television because he wanted to prove that Islamic and historical family programs could be popular in the country too.- Dawn.