Islamabad Pakistan 's cabinet on Friday approved two anti-rape ordinances, which have approved the formation of special courts to chemically castrate rapists and hear rape cases with the consent of the guilty. This information came from a media report. Chemical castration or chemical castration is a chemical process that can reduce or eliminate sexual stimulation in a person's body for a certain period of time or forever.
The Anti-Rape (Investigation and Hearing) Ordinance 2020 and Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance 2020 were approved in a Cabinet Committee Meeting on Law Affairs chaired by Federal Law Minister Farooq Naseem on Thursday, Dawn News reported. The ordinances were approved in principle by the cabinet. For the first time offenders or repeat offenders, chemical castration will be treated as a rehabilitation measure and the culprit's consent will be obtained. According to Law Minister Naseem, it is mandatory under international law to seek the consent of a convict before being castrated. He said that if the order of chemical castration is given without obtaining consent, the convict can challenge the order before the court.
The minister said that if a convict does not agree to castration, he will be taken action as per the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) under which the court can sentence him to death, life imprisonment or a jail term of 25 years. He said that the verdict of the sentence depends on the court. Judges can order chemical castration or punishment under PPC. Naseem said that the court can order castration for a limited period or lifetime. The ordinances also provide for the formation of special courts to conduct hearings in cases of rape. Special prosecutors will also be appointed for special courts. According to the proposed laws, anti-rape cells will be constituted under the chairmanship of a commissioner or deputy commissioner so that the FIR, Early registration of medical examination and forensic examination can be ensured. In this, the cross-examination of the rape victim by the accused has also been banned. Only the judge and the lawyer of the accused will be able to cross-examine the victim.