Bill To ‘Surgically Castrate’ Child Abusers Passed By AJK Assembly
Court Will Have The Authority To Deprive Abuser Of His Sexual Ability
Through the years, a colossal amount of children in Pakistan have suffered or are suffering from Child Abuse. In all three forms, physical sexual or mental, it is equally destructive and leave the child with a never ending trauma. In Pakistan, the lower class is suffers the most from such abusive cases. Although it also depends on the nature and environment of the household. In 2019, a total of 2,846 cases of child abuse were reported from all over of Pakistan. Reports also came from Islamabad, Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan, as per Sahil, an Islamabad-based NGO working for child protection. These cases have an average yearly growth rate of 7%. More than 10 children suffer some form of abuse every day in Pakistan.
However as high as the numbers are, efforts were and are being made to tackle the curse of child abuse. In a bid to protect children in the country, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has announced to launch a dedicated app “Mera Bacha Alert” (my child alert). In March 2020, Pakistan’s Parliament also passed a new law against child abuse. The bill came two years after the rape and murder of a seven-year-old girl Zainab that shocked the country.
How Azad Kashmir Aims To Tackle Child Abuse :
With an ambition to prevent child abuse, The Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Assembly has passed a bill. On July 1st, the AJK Assembly approved the bill called the Criminal Law (Third Amendment Act 2020) led by Speaker Shah Ghulam Qadir. Minister for Disaster Management Authority, Ahmad Raza Qadri highlighted the surge of Pedophilia in society. He presented the bill as an attempt to tackle such cases of abuse and to Surgically Castrate Child Abusers. According to the new law, A person shall not sexually exploit children under age of 18. The court will have authority to convict him to death, life imprisonment, or deprive him of any further sexual ability. Even if a person attempts to commit the heinous crime, he could be sentenced to jail for 5 to 10 years. While speaking in Assembly Ahmad Raza Qadri said :
“Child abuse is very heinous crime and it happens that child abusers are out of jail after few years and then they start abusing the children again.”
The Minister stated that earlier, due to the lack of social support and trivial punishments in the present law, people were reluctant to report such incidents. However this new law would help people to come forwards and report such abuse cases. Chemical Castration means the culprit will injected with hormone-blocking drugs before leaving prison. Therefore it will also help in reducing the number of such child abuse incidents as the punishment bar has been raised.
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