President Dr Arif Alvi approved the government’s “stringent” and “holistic” Anti-Rape (Investigation and Trial) Ordinance, 2020 to help expedite cases of sexual abuse against women and children. Under this ordinance, special courts are to be set up across the country to expedite trials and cases of rape at the earliest. The courts are to deal with rape cases within four months.
Moreover, the ordinance maintains that the prime minister is to look over the establishment of anti-rape crisis cells, authorised to conduct medico-legal examinations within six hours of the incident.
The ordinance also includes establishing of a sex offenders’ registry at the national level with the help of National Database & Registration Authority (NADRA). It also prohibits the identification of rape victims and makes it a punishable offense.
The ordinance also bars the cross-examination of a rape survivor by the accused. Only the judge and accused’s lawyers will be able to cross-examine the survivor.
Source: Express Tribune