Sunday, January 17, 2021  | 2 Jamadilakhir, 1442
Samaa TV
Facebook Twitter Youtube
HOME > Human Rights

Pakistan to jail people for torturing suspects in custody

The bill was presented in Senate by PPP's Sherry Rehman

SAMAA | - Posted: Jul 28, 2020 | Last Updated: 6 months ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Jul 28, 2020 | Last Updated: 6 months ago
Pakistan to jail people for torturing suspects in custody

Photo: AFP

The Senate’s Functional Committee on Human Rights approved a bill on Tuesday criminalising torture and death of suspects in custody.

According to the Torture and Custodial Death (Prevention and Punishment) Act, 2020, anyone found guilty of torturing someone in custody will be sent to jail for over three years and fined Rs2 million.

On the other hand, harassment or death in custody will lead to a fine of Rs3 million. This will be a non-bailable offense.

The law states that the person responsible for making sure that the crime doesn’t take place will be punished with five years in prison and Rs1 million fine if they are unable to prevent it.

A man will not be permitted to hold a woman suspect in custody.

The court will record the statement of the complainant tortured in custody and then conduct a psychological and physical examination of the person. According to the bill, if the torture is proven then the case will be sent to a sessions court.

The court will be obliged to pass a verdict over the matter within 60 days of the crime. An appeal over that can be made in the high court within 30 days.

The complainant will also be provided security during all court hearings, the law added.

The bill was presented by PPP Senator Sherry Rehman in the Senate. She said that the country “badly needed to curb the often violent abuse in official custody that our vulnerable and non-empowered face”.

The law is being lauded on social media, especially by human rights activists.

FaceBook WhatsApp
 
HOME  
 
 
RELATED STORIES

Tell us what you think:

Your email address will not be published.

FaceBook WhatsApp
 

 
 
custodial torture, Senate, human rights, sherry Rehman, court, murder, harassment, complaint, examination, security
 

MOST READ
MOST READ
FIA raids software house on Karachi’s Sharae Faisal
Pakistan’s cheapest sedan Alsvin priced at Rs2.2 million
COVID-19 vaccine updates in Pakistan and around the world
Shoaib Malik crashes new sports car into truck in Lahore
Some of the funniest memes about Pakistan’s power breakdown
Saad Aziz handed 50-year imprisonment in two murder cases
Pakistan imposes Rs100,000 fine on Turkish Airlines
 
 
 
 
 
About Us   |   Anchor Profiles   |   Online Advertising   |   Contact Us   |   Feedback   |   Apps   |   FAQs   |   Authors   |   Comment Policy
Facebook   |   Twitter   |   Instagram   |   YouTube   |   WhatsApp