PM Khan approves rape law, chemical castration, death penalty for rape convicts

Prime Minister Imran Khan has called for chemical castration and death penalty for convicted rapists during a meeting of the federal cabinet. The PM has instructed the law ministry to draft an ordinance within a week to curb violent sexual crimes that mostly target women and children. The federal cabinet has approved in principle the rape law.

The prime minister first advocated the use of chemical castration in September following the gang rape of a mother in front of her children on a major highway in Punjab province.

The prime minister was also disturbed by a recent incident in Sindh where a mother and her young daughter were raped by a group of men who lured the woman on the pretext of giving her a job.

If Pakistan legalizes chemical castration of rapists, it will join a small group of nations that allow such punishment, including Indonesia, Poland, Russia and Estonia, as well as some states in the United States.

Source: Arab News PK