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National Assembly approves resolution on death penalty for child rapists

SAMAA | - Posted: Feb 7, 2020 | Last Updated: 4 months ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Feb 7, 2020 | Last Updated: 4 months ago
National Assembly approves resolution on death penalty for child rapists

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The National Assembly approved a resolution seeking the death penalty for child rapists.

Minister of State Ali Muhammad Khan moved the resolution in the assembly on Friday. He told fellow MNAs that Prime Minister Imran Khan wanted the death penalty for people convicted of raping children.

He said when the Zainab Alert Bill was presented in the assembly’s Standing Committee on Human Rights some people opposed the death penalty for child rapists. However, the government still wants a law imposing the death penalty on child rapists, he said.

Khan asked the opposition whether they were ready to support this bill. He said NGOs generally oppose the bill.

The PPP has opposed the bill. Raja Pervaiz Ashraf said Pakistan is a signatory to the UN Charter and the world will not accept this.

IT Minister Fawad Chaudhry is among the opponents of the resolution. He wrote on Twitter that such punishments are common in tribal societies where there is little difference between animals and humans.

Religion tells us to stop the crime before it is committed, he said, adding that societies grow insensitive because of public hangings.

PTI MNA Maleeka Bokhari also posted on Twitter condemning the resolution. “Public hangings are religiously and morally the most barbaric and perverse form of punishments that have no place in any democratic society. Will oppose such a move at all levels,” she wrote.

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      Girls From Main Street  February 8, 2020 11:46 am/ Reply

    Senator Sirajul Haq by the Minister of Interior for the period 2011-2015. As of 15 April 2016, only 38 mercy petitions of condemned prisoners who were awarded a death sentence were pending with the Interior Ministry, of which 13 cases were under submission to the President Secretariat for decision, the document said. Appeals of these condemned prisoners have already been rejected by higher courts, the Interior Ministry said. It is a tradition that nobody is executed in the (Islamic) fasting month of Ramadan and an official in the federal interior ministry confirmed that a notification had been issued to halt executions during Ramadan, which in 2018 started on 14 May to 14 June. The executions are usually carried out before sunrise. The condemned has a final meal, bathes and then has time to pray before being led to the gallows. Executioners cover their face with a black hood and tie their hands and legs before hanging them. In 2017, Pakistan was revised under the UPR and the wake of the scathing criticism on the excessive use of this penalty by UN Human Rights Mechanisms, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs moved a summary to the Prime Minister with some recommendations on the imposition of the death penalty which compelled the authorities to review punishment for the crimes carrying death penalty. It is to mention that National Action Plan for human rights, approved by the Prime Minister, has also proposed a review of existing legal framework in line with the national and international commitments related to human rights. In view of the above, the Ministry of Human Rights has proposed a consultative meeting to discuss a possible review of the 27 capital crimes and a high-level meeting was held on 15 September, 2017, at the Ministry of Law and Justice to discuss the possible review.

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      Muhammad Sabir  February 8, 2020 12:34 pm/ Reply

    The parties & some individual are against the punishment of this pain full act committed for the self enjoyments so who disagree the punishment than how the affecties will be safe from the enjoyer. You know the Ukrine have passed the law against the persons who committed this shameful act that they will punish them through a injection injecting to make disable for further their activeness of their genitals forever. And you peoples are supporting the criminals.

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