ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, while commenting on the recent gang-rape of a women by two men in front of her little kids, said on Monday that rapists should be handed down the most severe punishment to curb rising sexual violence in the country. Imran Khan went on to elaborate the punishments — public hanging of rapists or chemically castrating them.
During an interview with a local television channel, the Pakistan premier said that the motorway gang-rape case has "shaken the entire nation".
"I was shocked to find out from the police that sex crimes in the country are increasing greatly," he said.
"The rapists should be given exemplary punishments. In my opinion, they should be hanged at the chowk (main square)," he said, adding that the punishment should be reserved for rapists and those who abuse children.
However, the Prime Minister highlighted that upon discussing this with the cabinet, it was intimated that such a punishment would not be accepted internationally.
"Unfortunately, we had a discussion and we were told it would not be internationally acceptable," Khan said, adding that "GSP-Plus trade status given to us by the European Union will be affected."
Khan said that the country needs a fresh legislation to ensure that there is permanent sterilisation of such criminals.
"One other option can be chemically or surgically castrating the rapists, according to the degree of the crime,"" Khan said, adding that many other countries practice the same punishment for rapists. (IANS)
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