Parliamentary panel approves death penalty, life imprisonment for child rapists

Published: November 3, 2015
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ISLAMABAD: In what will be a historic legislation, a parliamentary panel approved on Tuesday life imprisonment or death penalty for a child’s rapist.

“Whosoever commits an offence under sub-section (1) of section 376 against a woman when she is under 14 years of age shall be punished with imprisonment for life or death,” a source quoting the amended clauses of the Pakistan Penal Code 1860 told The Express Tribune.

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The bill, which has been approved by the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Interior, will now be sent to the National Assembly for approval. “It’s a historic legislation which will prevent children from rapists,” said MNA Shaista Perverz, who moved the bill.

The number of cases of rape reported each year in Pakistan run into some thousands. Very few, however, ever reach their logical conclusion.

In November last year, the interior ministry had told the Senate that an alarming 14,583 rape cases had been registered in the country over the last five years.

Punjab, which accounted for 12,795 of the cases, saw convictions in just 949 cases. Of the 90 rape cases reported in the federal capital, there was conviction in only one case.

In August, a gang of 20 to 25 men had filmed as many as 400 videos of sexual abuse involving at least 280 children belonging to Hussain Khan Wala village in Kasur, Punjab. As the country’s biggest child pornography scandal went viral on social media it prompted country-wide outrage while the law enforces sprang into action to defend themselves and to downplay the sickening child abuse expose.

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Last month, a report of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) probing the scandal revealed that as many as 239 children were sexually abused and 31 cases had been registered. Activists condemning the Kasur child abuse case have demanded that the case be in tried in military court and that the real culprits behind it be arrested.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Qazi
    Nov 3, 2015 - 3:00PM

    This is a really good move. I am so glad about itRecommend

  • MAD
    Nov 3, 2015 - 3:20PM

    I want the life imprisonment option taken off the bill. Why should we pay our taxes to feed these scum of society. The only penalty for child rape infact any kind of rape should be death.Recommend

  • Karachiite
    Nov 3, 2015 - 3:26PM

    excellent legislation.
    i suggest castration followed by life imprisonment.
    though i found the wording of the law a little erroneous.
    it should not be just confined to girls aged under 14, it should be for boys as well.
    many boys get raped by afghanis who bring their ‘bacha baz’ culture through the border.Recommend

  • Awais Khattak
    Nov 3, 2015 - 5:48PM

    It must be Death penalty, Life imp resentment should be removed.Recommend

  • Awais Khattak
    Nov 3, 2015 - 5:49PM

    Great decision. Recommend

  • Amesa
    Nov 4, 2015 - 9:20AM

    Why is the law not against rapists of children under 18 years of age? why do legislators always keep a gape in the long waited bills for enactment. and why only against those who rape girls where SODOMY is also an ugly practice rampant in our society (80% of the Kasur scandal was against boys)Recommend

  • Walsh
    Nov 22, 2015 - 5:38PM

    Legislation indeed is necessary, but the issue is beyond that conviction rate in Pakistan for cases of sexual abuse is less that 4% thats the main dillema. My point is simple what good will this legislation do, if the convict will still be able to prove his innocence. Its a pathetic state of affairs 4% seriously? I for one don`t have any faith in the judicial system of Pakistan, in earlier years convicted terrorists were able to get out of our jails. People of Pakistan need to wake up to this issue, death penalty for such henious crime is a must but conviction rate should be increased. P.s we definitely need to reform our judicial system which is based on anglo saxon (British) laws.Recommend

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