Chemical castration clause removed from bill after CII objections: Minister

Parliamentary Secretary for Law and Justice Maleeka Bokhari revealed on Friday that a clause providing for "chemical castration” of habitual rapists had been removed from the Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2021, in the light of objections raised by the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII).

On Wednesday, Parliament had passed the law and it came into effect immediately.

Today, flanked by Law Minister Farogh Nasim at a press conference in Islamabad, Bokhari said the CII had objected to the punishment of chemical castration for rapists, describing it as "unIslamic".

The clause was later omitted from the bill before its passage. Bokhari said the omission was made after detailed deliberation by a government committee under the guidance of the law minister.

The MNA said the previous rape-related law had flaws that hampered the provision of justice to victims, hence a new law had been introduced to ensure swift dispensation of justice.

She explained that an anti-rape crisis cell would be set up in every district hospital for rapid medical examination of cases.