Rapists should be chemically castrated, publicly hanged: PM Imran

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has asserted that the rapists should be publicly hanged or chemically castrated to curb increasing sexual violence in the country.

“The rapists should be given exemplary punishments. In my opinion, they should be hanged publicly,” PM Imran said in an exclusive interview with a private news channel today (Monday).

He further said that another option was to chemically or surgically castrate rapists as is done by many countries. “We need fresh legislation to permanently sterlise such [criminals],” he said.

The Prime Minister said, “Unfortunately when we had the discussion in this regard, we were told it would not be internationally acceptable,” adding that the GPS-Plus trade status given to us by the European Union will be affected.

Commenting on the Lahore Motorway gang-rape incident, the premier pointed out that the primary suspect in the incident, Abid Ali, was previously involved in a gang-rape in 2013 as well.

He also said that sexual crimes should be fought by the entire society, not just by police. “History tells when you increase vulgarity in the society, two things happen: sex crimes increase and the family system collapses,” he remarked.  

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