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Cabinet has approved ordinances to deal with rape, child abuse: Shireen Mazari

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ISLAMABAD: The federal Cabinet has approved in principle two critical ordinances to deal holistically with the menace of rape and child abuse for introducing necessary amendments in the Pakistan Penal Code.

On a social media website Twitter, Minister for Human Rights Dr. Shrieen Mazari said the two approved bills included “The Anti-Rape (Investigation & Trial) Ordinance 2020 & the Pakistan Penal Code (Amendment) Ordinance 2020.”

Cabinet Committee for the disposal of Legislative Cases (CCLC) would finalize and it should become operational in the next few days, she added.

The minister said the bills included an expansive definition of rape, the establishment of special courts, anti-rape crisis cells, protection of victims and witnesses, the prohibition of the “two-finger” test, etc. These Ordinances were badly needed, she said.