National Assembly passes a resolution of public hanging of child abusers
The resolution was presented in the national assembly by Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan
Islamabad, 7 February 2020 (GNP) : The resolution was presented in the national assembly by Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan and passed by all lawmakers except PPP’s.
Ramping up the severity of punishments does not result in a reduction in crime.”Raja Pervez Ashraf, PPP leader and former prime minister,said.
"We cannot put public hanging into practice as it violates the laws of the United Nations,” he added, reminding members of the parliament that Pakistan is a signatory to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
He was not the only one to raise his voice against the passing of the resolution. Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry "strongly condemned” it.
"This is just another grave act in line with brutal civilization practices. Societies act in a balanced way. Barbarism is not the answer to crimes. This is another expression of extremism,” he came to Twitter.
Meanwhile, Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari clarified that the resolution "was not government-sponsored but an individual act”.
"Many of us oppose it — our MOHR (Ministry of Human Rights) strongly opposes this. Unfortunately I was in a meeting and wasn’t able to go to NA,” she added in a twitter post.
According to a report released by child rights organisation Sahil in September last year , 1,304 cases of sexual abuse of children were reported by the media in the country from January to June.
This means that at least seven children are abused every day.
With the issue continuing to remain widely prevalent, the government has been met with criticism for not taking any concrete measures to address flaws in the investigation of such cases or the implementation of the relevant laws. (GNP)