Senate votes in favour of awarding life terms for desecrating graves

Any one found guilty of desecrating graves, stealing or damaging a dead body can be sentenced to life imprisonment.

Irfan Ghauri May 12, 2014
New sub-section to be added to Section 297 of Pakistan Penal Code. PHOTO:FILE

ISLAMABAD: The Senate on Monday unanimously passed a law prescribing a maximum punishment of life imprisonment to those found guilty of desecrating a grave.

With a number of cases in recent years of graves being desecrated, a private member bill was moved by Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Senator Col. (retd) Tahir Hussain Mashhadi, that called for amendments to the Pakistan Penal Code of 1860 to include clauses on desecration of graves.

"If any person without sanction of law authority digs up and in any way desecrates a grave, steals, damages, removes or in way physically violates a dead body which is in or stolen from a grave shall if found guilty of such an offence be liable to punishment of life imprisonment," the bill read.

The proposed changes were passed unanimously by the house, as a result of which a new sub-section has been added to Section 297 Pakistan Penal Code 1860.

The bill will now by sent to the National Assembly for a vote.

In recent years there have been a number of cases of graves being desecrated.

In April 2011 two brothers had been arrested in Bhakkar, Punjab after they were found to have disinterred corpses in the local graveyard for the purpose of eating them.

As recently as October 2013, the body of a local Hindu had been dug out and placed outside the graveyard in Pangrio, Sindh. The body had been dug out by a Muslim mob who argued that a Hindu could not be buried in a Muslim graveyard.


Raza | 7 years ago | Reply

Useless, what are they doing with those who killed thousands in country?

unjust | 7 years ago | Reply

This is ridiculous. Desecrating a grave is an ambiguous term. It could be interpreted in any number of ways. For example if I were to simply walk over a grave that would count as desecration in Islam. Secondly, life imprisonment?!! Talk about overkill!

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