Nov 19, 2021 08:15 UTC
Nov 19, 2021 at 08:24 UTC
Pakistan Parliament approves chemical castration of habitual rapists
The Pakistan Parliament has passed new legislation that habitual rape offenders will face chemical castration. The law aims to speed up convictions and impose tougher sentences against sex offenders in Pakistan.
The bill was introduced in a response to a public outcry against a recent spike in incidents of rape of women and children in the country and growing demands for effectively curbing the crime.
“Chemical castration is a process duly notified by rules framed by the prime minister, whereby a person is rendered incapable of performing sexual intercourse for any period of his life, as may be determined by the court through administration of drugs which shall be conducted through a notified medical board,” according to the bill.
The passage of the bill comes almost a year after President Arif Alvi approved the new anti-rape ordinance that was cleared by the Pakistan Cabinet, calling for the chemical castration of rapists with the consent of the convict and setting up of special courts for speedy trials.
The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill 2021 bill was passed along with 33 other bills by the joint session of parliament. It seeks to amend the Pakistan Penal Code, 1860, and the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1898.