Anti-honor killing, anti-rape bill passed in Parliament
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – A joint session of Parliament unanimously passed the anti-honor killing and anti-rape bill on Thursday passed by Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Senator Farhatullah Babar and supported by Federal Law Minister Zahid Hamid.
Under the anti-honor killing bill, there will be a capital punishment for honor killing and life sentence of 25 years will be awarded.
Under the anti-rape bill, there would be life sentence or execution in case of rape with immature, mentally or physically disabled person. According to the bill, DNA test has been made compulsory in the investigation whereas woman’s character will not be discussed during proceedings of the case.
Taking part in the debate, PPP Senator Naveed Qamar said that PPP would suggest amendments in the bill.
Jamaat-e-Islami’s Tariqullah said that Council of Islamic Ideology’s suggestions should have been taken on the bill whereas PPP’s Sherry Rehman said that incidents of honor killing cannot end unless it is hailed as a crime of incapable exemption.
Law Minister Zahid Hamid added that all legal claims on the bill have been addressed.