The government of Pakistan has in principle approved chemical castration as punishment for rapists after a horrific incident earlier this year in which a mother was raped in front of her children.
Prime Minister Imran Khan chaired a cabinet meeting to make two major changes to the Anti-Rape (Investigation and Trial) Ordinance 2020 and the Pakistan Penal Code (Amendment) Ordinance 2020.
The change will change the definition of rape and include the words “transgender” and “gang rape”.
In addition, the controversial “two-finger” test, which tests fingers for laxity of vaginal muscles, will be banned.
Speaking at a press conference, Minister Shibli Faraz said of information, “The federal cabinet has passed anti-rape ordinances that change the basic definition of rape and suggest severe punishments for gang rape and hanging of rapists,” reports Dawn News.
While the cabinet has proposed the adoption of severe punishments for rapists, it has faced backlash since it was initially announced.
Register in The new ArabZahra Khozema said, “As intuitive as it may be to want rapists to undergo some version of the trauma they inflict on their victims, this kind of retaliation is ultimately ethically wrong, and it fails to address the root cause of gender-based violence.” the idea that rape is still considered a viable means of expressing power and domination.
“It illustrates misogyny in its extreme sense and is an instrument of humiliation.
“Perhaps listening to experts and activists, and especially faithful survivors, is a promising solution so that they don’t feel like they’re ‘making a scene’ when defending themselves or seeking justice.
“A more ambitious yet lasting solution would change the way we raise our boys.”
It comes months after robbers raped a woman in front of her children near a highway in a case that shocked the world.
On September 9, around 3 a.m., a woman was driving with her children on the highway when she ran out of fuel and had to stop.
Two robbers broke into her car and stole her jewelry before raping her in front of her two children.
In October of this year, another shocking case came to light after a woman and her four-year-old daughter were kidnapped and raped in Sindh.