Rapists to be chemically castrated into lower sex drive in Pakistan’s new laws

Serial rapists will be chemically castrated under radical new rules being introduced in Pakistan, following public anger at rife sexual violence.

Prime Minister Imran Khan approved updated legal measures last month that have now been signed by Pakistan’s president Arif Alvi.

It follows public outcry against sexual violence that has been widespread across Pakistan.

Chemical castration is not an uncommon punishment, which Indonesia and Poland both already subjecting paedophiles to the procedures.

The process involves using medication to reduce testosterone in offenders, Mail Online reported.

Pakistan has chosen to introduce the punishment in a bid to tackle sexual abuse. It is the latest in a raft of new measures including the creation of a national sex offenders register.

Under the new rules, repeated offenders will be chemically castrated which is intended to create a lower sex drive.

The updated laws come following protests across Pakistan in the wake of the brutal gang rape of a woman in Lahore in September.

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The crime has sparked a national movement that has forced the government to act.

Two attackers pulled the victim from her car, which had ran out of petrol on an empty road, and assaulted her in front of her terrified children.

Following the perpetrators arrest, protestors fumed as lead investigator Umar Sheikh suggested the woman was to blame for the attack.

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He said the victim should have chosen a busier road to travel home, and checked to make sure she had petrol.

Critics have argued that castration is too harsh a punishment, and accused the government of not following the usual procedures to approve the changes.

But officials now have 120 days to get the plans through parliament and into permanent law.

Rapists currently face sentences of between 10 and 25 years in prison, or the death penalty.

Under the Anti-Rape Ordinance 2020, all cases related to rape will be wrapped up by a new special court within four months, according to a statement from the president's office.

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