Pakistan has authorised the chemical castration of rapists as half of sweeping new laws sparked by outcry over the gang-rape of a mom on a motorway.
New legal guidelines authorised by President Arif Alvi on Tuesday will see rape instances expedited by means of the courts and create the nation’s first nationwide sex offenders register.
“The provision of the chemical castration of repeat as well as first-time sex offenders… was added in the Anti-Rape Ordinance 2020”, the President’s workplace confirmed on Wednesday.
Pakistan is a deeply conservative and patriarchal nation the place victims of sexual abuse usually are too afraid to talk out, or the place felony complaints are regularly not investigated severely.
In September, protests erupted after a mom was raped on the facet of the highway in entrance of her kids when her automotive broke down close to Lahore.
Prime Minister Imran Khan responded by calling for the chemical castration of rapists, which includes utilizing medicine to scale back an individual’s libido.
Mr. Khan had mentioned the worst sex crimes ought to be punishable by public hangings however added this might impression commerce with companions that oppose the demise penalty, such because the European Union.
Rights activists have warned the availability of chemical castration may have an effect on Pakistan’s worldwide human rights obligations.