On Tuesday, President Dr Arif Alvi approved the Anti-Rape Ordinance 2020, a law that will put in place a system that pushes trial of rape cases with women and children as victims. Those found guilty of such crimes will be chemically castrated.
The statement read, “The two state of the art pieces of legislation is in line with the Constitutional guarantees of Pakistan, as also the International treaties”. This is the first time in the history of Pakistan; strict punishment has been passed for criminals of such heinous crimes.
In a statement that was issued by the House of President announced that under this newly formed law, special courts would be established throughout the country for immediate trials of sexual assault suspects. A period of 4 months will be allowed to the courts to wrap up such cases.
“The ordinance will help expedite cases of sexual abuse against women and children,” said the statement.
Anti- Rape Crisis Cells would also be set up under the ordinance. These cells will be responsible for conducting a medico-legal examination within six hours of the incident – which will also serve to a speedy trial. Other than that, a registry of sexual offenders will be established countrywide that will help the National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra).