In order to control increasing rape incidents in Pakistan, the federal cabinet has approved in principle two anti-rape ordinances that “change the definition of rape”. They are awarded exemplary punishment to rapists, including chemical castration and hanging, but not in public.
According to the report, a meeting of the cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan, also endorsed a recent decision of the Economic Coordination Committee regarding restructuring and retrenchment in the Pakistan International Airlines.
The cabinet also discussed over Rs1 trillion Karachi Transformation Plan and the prime minister observed that the plan, aimed at addressing basic civic issues of the metropolis, was not continuing at the pace he desired.
The government said that the approval of the Anti-Rape (Investigation and Trial) Ordinance 2020 and Pakistan Penal Code (Amendment) Ordinance 2020 a “big decision” and said it was for the first time in the history of the country that the definition of rape had been changed by incorporating “transgender” and “gang-rape” in it. The proposed law also prohibits controversial “two-finger” test by doctors that involves testing for laxity of vaginal muscles with fingers.
Proposed ordinances change definition of rape, allow chemical castration, hanging of convicts
Information Minister Shibli Faraz said, “The federal cabinet has approved anti-rape ordinances which change the basic definition of rape and suggest severe punishment for gang rape and hanging of rapists.”