Two ordinances have been approved to toughen rapists in Pakistan. The cabinet there approved two anti-rape ordinances on Friday. It has approved the formation of special courts for chemically castration of rapists and trial of rape cases with the consent of the convict.
Chemical castration or chemical castration is a chemical process that can reduce or eliminate sexual stimulation in a person’s body for a certain period of time or forever.
The anti-rape (investigation and trial) Ordinance 2020 and the Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance 2020 were approved in a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Law Affairs chaired by Federal Law Minister Farooq Naseem on Thursday, Dawn News reported.
The ordinances were approved in principle by the federal cabinet on Tuesday. For the first time offenders or repeat offenders, chemical castration will be treated as a rehabilitation measure and the culprit’s consent will be obtained.
According to Law Minister Naseem, it is mandatory under international law to seek the consent of a convict before being castrated. He said that if chemical castration is ordered without consent, the convict can challenge the order before the court.
The minister said that if a convict does not agree to be castrated, then he will be taken action as per Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) under which the court can sentence him to death sentence, life imprisonment or a jail term of 25 years.
He said that the verdict of the sentence depends on the court. Judges can order chemical castration or punishment under PPC. Naseem said that the court can order castration for a limited period or lifetime.
The ordinances also provide for the formation of special courts to conduct hearings in cases of rape. Special prosecutors will also be appointed for special courts. According to the proposed laws, anti-rape cells will be set up under the chairmanship of a commissioner or deputy commissioner to ensure early registration of FIR, medical examination and forensic investigation.
In this, the cross-examination of the rape victim by the accused has also been banned. Only the judge and the lawyer of the accused will be able to cross-examine the victim.