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October 17, 2020

Wants tough laws in KP to punish rapists

Peshawar

October 17, 2020

PESHAWAR: If it was up to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan, he would have ordered public hanging of men who rape and kill children. However, he is aware of the repercussions of such a decision, particularly at the international level, and is, therefore, unable to do so. In a chat with The News recently, he said publicly cutting the head of the rapists would send a strong message to the criminals and serve as a deterrent for other offenders. Prime Minister Imran Khan had proposed chemical castration of the rapists after the Motorway incident in which a woman was raped in front of her children in Punjab and following other cases of children getting raped and killed. Some of his ministers also wanted public execution of such offenders, but they too realized that this step would have repercussions internationally and bring Pakistan under the spotlight. Acknowledging that a number of incidents of rape and assassination of children had been reported in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in recent months, the chief minister said he had tasked the chief secretary and inspector general of police to come up with a plan for undertaking measures to tackle crimes against children. “We need to protect our children and do legislation to toughen the punishment to be awarded to rapists and other criminals,” he argued. Chief Minister Mahmood Khan said some of these crimes against children happened because of blood-feuds and enmities. He pointed out that the brutality of the criminals reflected the frustration prevailing in the society. “We have to be alert as this frustration is causing an increase in the crime graph. The rapists must be awarded punishment keeping in view the scope of the crime and get them convicted quickly,” he added.