New Law to Chemically Castrate Rapists Passes in Pakistan
Ne punishment for rapists passes in parliament
A new bill was passed in Pakistan’s parliament on Wednesday, introducing chemical castration for serial rapists.
According to the law:
"Chemical castration is a process duly notified by rules framed by the prime minister, whereby a person is rendered incapable of performing sexual intercourse for any period of his life, as may be determined by the court through administration of drugs which shall be conducted through a notified medical board.”
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has supported the bill since 2020 amid a wave of rapes across Pakistan.
Khan cited the specific example of a woman who was dragged out of her car and raped by two men at gunpoint in September 2020.
Khan said of the crime he “believed the culprits should be hanged publicly,” Reuters reported
The prime minister added he expressed this sentiment to fellow Pakistani government officials, who told him that “such an act could endanger a preferential trade status given to Pakistan by the European Union (EU).”
Khan said this prompted him to consider chemical castration as a punishment for rapists.
“The way there is first degree, second degree, third-degree murder, this [rape] should be graded in the same way, and when there is first degree [rape], castrate them,” he said.
“Operate on them and make them unable to do this.”
“In Pakistan, at least 11 rape cases are reported daily with over 22,000 rape cases reported to police across the country in the last six years,” Asian News International (ANI) reported on October 18, citing official Pakistani government data.
“Only 77 accused of the 22,000 cases were found to be convicted and the conviction rate is sadly around 0.3 percent,” the Indian news agency observed.
ANI cited the statistics on a report of another rape of a woman on a highway in Pakistan
“An 18-year-old woman was enticed with a job offer and then gang-raped on M-4 motorway in Gorja, Pakistan’s Punjab province,” ANI relayed, citing local media.
“The perpetrators of the crime invited the woman with evil intentions for a job in the city, and when she arrived, the suspects gang-raped her in the car, dashed her on Faisalabad Interchange, and fled the scene,” Pakistan’s the Nation.com reported.
Chemical castration involves using medication to reduce testosterone and has been used for pedophiles in Indonesia since 2016.
The same method has also been used on child rapists in Poland since 2006.