Pakistan set to chemically castrate serial rapists

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Pakistan set to chemically castrate serial rapists
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Pakistan is set to chemically castrate serial rapists. Parliament in Pakistan has passed a new law that will see repeat rapists chemically castrated.

Anyone found guilty of gang rape could be sentenced to life imprisonment or even death. The new law was called for after a series of attacks on both children and women in Pakistan.

The legislation will see special courts set up which will help victims by providing quicker convictions. The courts will fast-track cases of sexual assault and be set up across the country.

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Since 2006 Poland has been using chemical castration to punish child rapists. Indonesia has also taken to using the treatment which reduces testosterone. The country bought in the measure in 2016 for paedophiles.

Pakistan has been accused of ineffectively prosecuting and investigating cases of sexual violence. This led to a public outcry which has ushered in the new law.

Victims of sexual assault will also be able to access help easier in the future as public hospitals will set up Anti-rape crisis units. Victims will be able to access medical care and register attacks at the units.


Other measures which come with the legislation include victims’ identity’s being protected and a national sex offenders register being created.

The law came into effect when the National Assembly voted on it on Wednesday, November 17.


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Alex Glenn is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News. Formerly she worked in the NHS for 15 years until relocating to Spain in 2018. She loves the Spanish lifestyle, language and culture and spent several years learning Spanish before moving to Spain for a better quality of life. She has made her home in the mountains in Almeria, where she loves being part of a rural community that has a mix of both expats and Spanish residents. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading and exploring the area where she lives.

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