Pakistan: Pak U-turn on chemical castration for habitual rapists – Times of India


Islamabad: Pakistan Deleted a clause from the Criminal Law Bill providing for “chemical castration” as punishment for habitual rapists.
Last year, the President of Pakistan arif alvik The Anti-Rape (Investigation and Trial) Ordinance, 2020 and the Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance were approved to provide a mechanism to prevent sexual abuse offenses against women, transgenders and children. The two ordinances provided for harsher punishment for sex offenders, including chemical castration. On Wednesday, the coalition government led by Prime Minister Imran Khan passed nearly three dozen laws in a joint session of parliament, including an anti-rape criminal law, removing the penalty of chemical castration.
Parliamentary Secretary for Law and Justice, Maleeha Bokhari, revealed on Friday that the clause was removed due to objections raised by the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII), Pakistan’s constitutional body responsible for legal advice to the government and parliament on religious matters. had gone.
Article 227 of the Constitution of Pakistan guarantees that all laws in the country must be in accordance with Sharia and The Holy Quran, “The omission of the chemical castration clause was done after detailed deliberations by a government committee in light of the objections of CII under the guidance of the Law Minister. We cannot pass any law which is against these (Islamic) values.”
Regarding the anti-rape bill, Bokhari said that there were loopholes in the previous law which hindered the provision of justice to the victims, hence a new law was introduced to ensure speedy delivery of justice.
He said that an Anti-Rape Crisis Cell would be set up in each district hospital for speedy medical examination of cases.
The punishment for chemical castration for rapists was introduced in last year’s presidential ordinance, sparking national outrage over rising crimes and the specific case of a mother of two driving along the Lahore-Sialkot highway and raped by two men after being pulled from their car. it was done. At gunpoint in front of his kids.
Meanwhile, the new anti-rape law has declared rape and gang rape as non-compoundable offences, where no compromise or settlement between the parties is allowed and the court will have to give the final verdict.