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The National Assembly Passes a Resolution for the Public Hanging of Child Molesters

The National Assembly Passes a Resolution for the Public Hanging of Child Molesters

The National Assembly passed a resolution on Friday calling for the public hanging of convicted child killers and rapists, drawing a quick backlash from at least two federal ministers as well as the opposition Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP).

This proposition comes after multiple  high-profile child sex-abuse cases, which provoked outrage across the country in recent years.

Child killers and rapists “should not only be given the death penalty by hanging, but they should be hanged publicly,” Minister Ali Muhammad Khan told the lower house of parliament. “The Quran commands us that a murderer should be hanged,” he added.

Khan maintained that several steps had been taken to protect the children, including the establishment of a child protection centre in the federal capital and ratification of laws such as the Zainab Alert, Response and Recovery Act.

He said that the prime minister desired death penalty over child abuse.

Former prime minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf spoke against the resolution, “We cannot put public hanging into practice. It violates the laws of the United Nations,” he said, referring to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child as did Shireen Mazari:

 

Superstar Mahira Khan was one celebrity who raised her voice on this issue multiple times:

 

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