Selin ATAY-TDO- Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan, has approved in principle a law on the chemical neutering of rapists in the country and faster tracking of sexual assault cases.
At the Cabinet meeting, a draft submitted by the Ministry of Justice as part of the fight against rape was adopted. After the draft was adopted, the decision was made to chemically neuter the rapists.
The draft, submitted by the Ministry of justice, also includes issues such as increasing the role of women in safety, rapid monitoring of rape cases and witness protection.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said in a statement that this is a serious matter, so there should be no delay in implementing the law to ensure a safe environment for citizens. Prime Minister Khan stressed that the legislation would be open and transparent with strict enforcement.
In a statement, Imran Khan said that women who have been raped can fearlessly voice their complaints. Khan also promised that the identities of the victims would be protected by the Pakistani government.
During a cabinet meeting, it was suggested by some ministers that rapists be hanged in public spaces.
A senator from the ruling party, Faisal Javid Khan, said on Twitter that the law would soon be brought to parliament for approval.
The current law in Pakistan was not a deterrent after a 7-year-old girl was raped and killed in Lahore in 2018 and a woman was gang-raped in front of her children on a highway in Lahore on September 9. After the public protested against the existing laws, the Pakistani government made decisions to take tougher steps against rapists.
Prime Minister Khan said on a television channel that rapists should be chemically castrated or at least forcibly operated on so that criminals cannot commit sexual assault in the future.