Pakistan passes anti-rape ordinance for speedy trial, severe punishment | Pakistan passes anti-rape ordinance; Rapists will be punished by impotence

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Protests erupted in Pakistan after a gang rape near Lahore in September. After that, there was pressure on the government to make strict laws. – File photo

The President of Pakistan, Dr. Arif Alvi on Tuesday approved the Prevention of Rape Ordinance-2020. Under this, a mechanism will be set up for hearing and investigation of such cases across the country. The court will have to speed up the rape case. There is also a provision to make the rapist impotent as a punishment.

A statement issued by the President’s House said that special courts would be set up across the country as per the ordinance to expedite the hearing of rape cases. These courts will have to complete the hearing within four months.

Outraged in the country after gang rape in front of children

The ordinance is brought in a few months after the motor-way gang rape. In September, some people allegedly gang-raped a foreign woman who was traveling with her children. His car crashed off the highway and the incident sparked outrage across Pakistan. This put pressure on the government to enact stricter laws in cases of rape.

Prime Minister Imran Khan announced an anti-rape ordinance in November after a woman and her minor daughter were raped in Sindh’s Kashmore district.

Special things about the ordinance

  • Under the ordinance, anti-rape crisis cells will be set up. Within six hours of the incident, he will be responsible for the medical examination of the victim.
  • A nationwide list of sex offenders will be compiled through the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA).
  • The identity of the rape victim will not be disclosed under the ordinance. Doing so will be declared a punishable offense.
  • Police and government officials who show negligence in the investigation of cases will face up to three years in prison with fines.
  • In addition, provision has been made to punish police and government officials for giving false information.
  • Forced sex offenders will become impotent with the help of chemicals as advised by the notified board.
  • The Prime Minister will create funds, which will be used to set up special courts. Central and state governments will also contribute in this.
  • In this work, assistance will be sought from NGOs, general public as well as local, national and international agencies.

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