New Delhi: Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has supported public hanging and chemical castration of rapists and said preventive action against rape was the need of the hour in the country.
In one one hour interview with 92 News Monday night, Khan listed three ways to keep track of such acts.
“The first is policing, we need to create a register of such offenders and pedophiles in order to have continuous policing. The second is the formation of legislation to provide the most severe punishment for such violators. Not only do such incidents ruin the lives of children but they also ruin families. Cases are under-reported on the spot due to the stigma attached to it… in cases of child abuse, parents are scared and do not come to the administration for help. “
Imran Khan Govt wants to send a clear message to society and the world at large that it is serious in the fight against the plague of gang rape & pedophilia; we kept this comment going for a few hours and we are releasing it after we found out that it was not only said out of anger but it means business! pic.twitter.com/Nq2IDo071I
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“In my opinion, such criminals should be publicly hanged, but since it could affect our commercial status of the GSP (General System of Preferences) with the European Union, this sentence cannot be applied. Some countries have these rules of surgical or chemical castration for rapists.
“Rape should also be considered a heinous crime like murder, and should be considered first and second degree rape. Whoever is charged with first-degree should be surgically castrated so as not to repeat such actions, Khan said.
Noting that there was a rapid spread of ‘indecency’ in the world, he said, “We have an advantage over other developed countries in the world. We have a family system that is not affected by improper influences.
“Look at Bollywood, look at the change in their movies now and those 40 years back. “Shamelessness has increased to such exponential levels that Delhi has become the rape capital of the world,” he said.
Khan added, “I want to tell the people of my country that whenever inappropriate values and cultures are introduced into society, it has a direct impact on the form of increased sexual crimes and the breakdown of family values.”
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The protests demand action with 5 points from the government
The prime ministers’ statement comes a week after a mother of two was gang-raped on a highway in Lahore, Punjab province. According to reports, the car the woman was driving ran out of fuel. While he was waiting for help, two men stabbed him and raped him several times. Her children were with her at the time.
Following the incident, several women’s rights groups, including Asma Jahangir Cell Legal Aid Cell, Front Women Democrat and Aurat March, took to the streets in protest. Declared reports that the protests which were organized in Islamabad, Lahore, Multan, Peshawar and Karachi submitted five demands. They called for an end to the violence, affirmative steps by the government to uphold rights and ensure justice, and the accountability of those who use the guilt of the victims.
A statement from Lahore police chief Umar Sheikh, who blamed the victim for traveling alone at night, was one of the causes of the protests.
Novices reports said 15 suspects were arrested by Pakistani Police for questioning, but the search for the two main suspects was still ongoing. Monday evening, dawn reported Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar claiming that one of the two main suspects had been arrested and confessed.
According to the report, Punjab Inspector General of Police Inam Ghani identified the suspect as Shafqat Ali the son of Allah Ditta, a resident of Haroonabad, Bahawalnagar district. He was identified based on scientific analysis and investigation of evidence found at the crime scene, Ghani said.
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