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Chairman of the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee — Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rehman — has declared the newly announced punishment for rapists i.e. chemical castration as being “un-Islamic”. As per the committee chairman, the decision for executing the rapists’ punishment like this is against Islamic laws and the authorities should have followed pre-established Islamic laws for their purpose., termed the newly-announced chemical castration as punishment for rapists “un-Islamic”.
Following the tragic Lahore motorway incident that sparked massive outrage in the country and keeping in mind the constantly increasing number of rape cases in recent times, the demand for a strict punishment for the rapists was at an all time high. With people asking the authorities to harshly punish these monsters, the chemical castration of proved rapists was in talks to be implemented.
Prime Minister Imran Khan backed the thought earlier too but it was officially approved on Tuesday. The approved law was, in principle, a law on chemical castration of rapists and fast tracking of sexual assault cases, mandating the castration of rapists and pedophiles. This decision was made during a federal cabinet meeting where a draft of the anti-rape ordinance was presented by the law ministry.
While shedding light on this issue and presenting his take on this decision, Mufti Muneeb expressed that he was completely against it as it was against Islamic laws. Talking to a local news channel, Mufti Muneeb remarked, “I am amazed at the collective wisdom of the federal cabinet that they have proposed such a solution to the problem of rape.”
He went on to criticize the countries’ authorities, adding that “our parliamentarians do not know what kind of legislation they are making”. The Ruet-e-Hilal Chairman further said that the government adopting a policy of enacting new laws instead of enforcing Islamic ones is a disaster in the making. Mufti Muneeb said that he has complete faith that the terrible problem of rape can be tackled by adhering to and staying true to the Islamic punishments, as prescribed by Allah in Quran.
Describing the actual Islamic punishments for such types of offences, he stated that Allah had prescribed stoning and flogging as the punishments for adultery and rape. He said,
“For a married individual, adultery is punishable by stoning, while for an unmarried individual, it is punishable by 100 lashes. The Holy Quran prescribes the harshest punishments for the perpetrators of rape.”
Finally, he once again emphasized on the importance of adhering to Islamic laws and urged the government to follow these Islamic laws, implement punishments under these laws, and abstain from enacting legislation that is downright contrary to the teachings of Islam and Allah as described in the Holy Quran.
What is your stance on this punishment? Do you think chemical castration of rapists is well deserved or do you agree with Mufti Muneeb on this being an un-Islamic move? Tell us in the comments below!