Islamabad, 15 November (IANS). The Pakistan government is set to bring an ordinance next week, through which special courts will be set up for speedy trial of rape cases.
On Saturday, Prime Minister Imran Khan tweeted about the plan to bring an effective anti-rape ordinance, removing all shortcomings, and shortly after the Prime Minister’s Parliamentary Affairs Adviser Babar Awan confirmed this in a conversation with Dawn News.
Awan is also a member of the Cabinet Committee on Legislative Affairs. He said that Khan was deeply concerned about the recent incidents of rape in different parts of the country.
The draft of the ordinance is designed to cover four aspects, including the victim’s safety, so that the victim’s bitter experience is not public and witnesses are protected.
The BBC reported that while addressing the National Assembly last month, federal minister Fawad Chaudhary said that on an average 5,000 cases of rape are registered every year and only 5 per cent are punished. However, activists and groups working in this area say that the actual figure is much bigger than this, as many cases are not exposed to the police at all.
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