To combat the growing cases of sexual attacks on women and children in Pakistan, the federal cabinet has passed in principle two rape ordinances aimed at distributing exemplary punishments, including chemical castration and hanging, to rapists, according to a media report. A cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan in Islamabad on Tuesday also decided to change the definition of rape, Dawn News reported Wednesday. The 2020 Rape Ordinance (Investigation and Trial) and the 2020 Pakistani Penal Code Ordinance (Amendment) will be finalized within a week of being promulgated, Information Minister Shibli Faraz said. The two anti-rape ordinances, approved in principle by the Cabinet, aim to distribute exemplary punishments to rapists, including chemical castration and hanging, the report said.
Hailing the “big decision,” Faraz said the anti-rape ordinances change the basic definition of rape and suggest severe punishment for gang rape and the hanging of rapists. For the first time in Pakistani history, the definition of rape was changed to include “transgender” and “gang rape,” the report said.
The bill also bans the controversial “two finger” test performed on rape survivors. The World Health Organization has already declared the test as “unscientific, unnecessary medically and unreliable”. Human rights groups have also called the test invasive, disrespectful and a gross violation of a woman’s right to dignity and privacy. Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari tweeted: “The Cabinet Committee on the Elimination of Legislative Cases (CCLC) will now be finalized (the ordinances) and is expected to become operational in the coming days. It includes a broad definition of rape, the establishment of a special court, the anti-rape crisis cell, the protection of victims and witnesses, and the prohibition of two-finger testing. ” Technology Fawad Chaudhry called the approval of the ordinances a government milestone.
He said the ordinances also allowed for the chemical castration of habitual rapists.
- To combat the growing cases of sexual attacks on women and children in Pakistan, the federal cabinet has passed in principle two rape ordinances aimed at distributing exemplary punishments, including chemical castration and hanging, to rapists, according to a media report.
- The Pak government approves in principle chemical castration, the hanging of rapists