Top News: According to Geo TV, the decision has made at a federal cabinet meeting. The Ministry of Justice proposed a draft anti-rape decree.
Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan approved in principle a law on chemical casts and fast-tracking of sexual assault cases by rapists on Tuesday.
However, there is no official announcement yet.
The report said the draft includes increasing the role of women in policing, fast-tracking rape cases and protecting witnesses.
Mr. Khan emphasized that this is a serious problem and said that no delay will be tolerated.
He said: “We need to ensure a safe environment for our citizens.”
Moreover, the Prime Minister said that the legislation will be clear, transparent and strictly enforced.
Also he said that rape survivors would be able to register complaints without worry, adding that the government would protect their identities.
Some federal ministers also recommended public hanging for the rape convicts, the report said.
But the premier said castration will be a start. The federal cabinet has, in principle, approved strict severe punishment for rape convicts.
Taking to Twitter, the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf senator Faisal Javed Khan said the law will soon present in Parliament.
There has been much debate around rape laws in Pakistan.
The rape and murder of a 7-year-old girl in Lahore in January 2018, and the recent highway gang rape in Lahore, sparked a debate about the severity of sexual assault prevention.
In addition, Khan recently said in a joint meeting of Congress that the government will soon introduce three levels of legislation. It includes the registration of sex offenders, punishment for rape and child abuse, and effective police.
Faraz praised the “major decision”. He said that the anti-rape law changed the basic definition of rape and recommended severe punishment for gang rape and rape.
Furthermore, the report said that for the first time in Pakistan’s history. The definition of rape has changed, including “transgender” and “gang rape.”
The proposed law also prohibits the controversial two-finger test of rape survivors. The World Health Organization has declared that the test is unscientific, medically unnecessary and unreliable. Human rights organizations also call this test offensive, rude and a serious violation of women’s dignity and privacy.
The Minister of Human Rights Shireen Mazari said in a tweet:
“Cabinet Committee on Disposal of Legislative Cases (CCLC) will now finalise (the ordinances) and it should become operational in next few days. It includes an expansive definition of rape, establishment of special court, anti-rape crisis cell, protection of victims and witnesses and prohibition of two-finger test.”
Minister of Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry said that the approval of the decree is a landmark achievement for the government.
He said the decree also allows chemical casts on habitual rapists.
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