Parliament passes bills against rape, honour killings

Published: October 6, 2016

ISLAMABAD: As part of pro-women legislation, the Parliament unanimously passed on Thursday the anti-honour and anti-rape bills.

Under the new law, relatives of the victim would only be able to pardon the killer of capital punishment, but they would still face a mandatory life sentence of twelve-and-a-half years.

In the anti-rape bill, a provision to conduct DNA tests on both the alleged victim and perpetrator has been added for the first time.

Rape of minors, as well as the mentally and physically ill, would become punishable by death.

PTI wants strict punishment for killersĀ 

“Laws are supposed to guide better behaviour, not allow destructive behaviour to continue with impunity,” former senator Sughra Imam, who initially tabled the bill, told media.

The amendments passed Thursday and published on the National Assembly website mandate judges to sentence someone who kills in the name of “honour” to life imprisonment, even if they have been forgiven, said senior opposition lawmaker Farhatullah Babar.

“Even if the close family members pardon the murderer, the court is bound to send him to jail for 25 years,” Babar told AFP.

Some 500 women are killed each year in Pakistan at the hands of family members over perceived damage to “honour” that can involve eloping, fraternising with men or any other infraction against conservative values that govern women’s modesty.

In a majority of cases, the victim is a woman and the killer is a relative who escape punishment by seeking forgiveness for the crime from family members.


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Reader Comments (11)

  • BrainBro
    Oct 6, 2016 - 7:15PM

    Hope the law applies to current cases.Recommend

    Oct 6, 2016 - 7:26PM

    Was it allow back then? Did i missed something?Recommend

  • Jerry
    Oct 6, 2016 - 7:28PM

    Put a ban on Bollywood movies which incite and influence people to commit such heinous act like these. That is one reason, Delhi/Endia is the rape capital of the world.Recommend

  • very good
    Oct 6, 2016 - 7:29PM

    A very good law, anybdy who hurts children should be put to deathRecommend

  • Jerry
    Oct 6, 2016 - 7:34PM

    Ending Bollywood movies incite an influence such kind of criminal acts and behaviour and so must be banned. This is one single reason, Delhi has become the rape capital of the world.Recommend

  • Sunday
    Oct 6, 2016 - 10:43PM

    WOW – a law against rape, honor killings and child molestation … about a 100 years too freaking late?Recommend

  • Parvez
    Oct 6, 2016 - 11:50PM

    A good first step….credit must be given to the government where credit is due.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Oct 6, 2016 - 11:50PM

    A good first step….credit must be given to the government where credit is due.Recommend

  • QI
    Oct 7, 2016 - 12:07AM

    Better late than never, don’t you think?Recommend

  • diaz
    Oct 7, 2016 - 2:14AM

    good lawRecommend

  • FAZ
    Oct 7, 2016 - 3:29PM

    FazlurRehaman and Troll will challenge this bill. Backing will also come from Sheerani and Co. DNA clause will be removed and we shall be back to square one. Even if the bill passes without DNA as a permissible evidence, all such cases will be weak for prosecution and justice will not be served as usual in this country!Recommend

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