The Pakistani parliament adopted a resolution on Friday calling for the public suspension of convicted child murderers and rapists.
The non-binding resolution follows a series of high-profile cases of sexual abuse of children who have caused indignation and riots in Pakistan in recent years.
Child murderers and rapists “should not only receive the death penalty by hanging up, but they should also be hanged in public,” said Ali Muhammad Khan, the parliamentary minister of Pakistan, who presented the resolution in the national assembly or the lower house.
A file photo shows a noose that hangs. Pakistan today adopted a non-binding resolution to publicly hang up child murderers and rapists in parliament
“The Quran commands us to hang a murderer,” Khan added.
Although a majority of legislators approved the resolution, human rights minister Shireen Mazari emphasized that it was not sponsored by the government.
The ‘over public hangings’ resolution was cross-party and not a government-sponsored resolution, but an individual act. Many of us oppose it – our MOHR (human rights ministry) opposes this, “tweeted Mazari.
Human rights organizations have long called on Pakistan to establish a moratorium on the death penalty, which was lifted after the massacre of the public school in Peshawar in 2014, in which 151 people died, mostly students.
In the years following the lifting of the moratorium,
Sexual abuse of children is prevalent in Pakistan.
In October 2018, the authorities hung a child rapist in a notorious case in Kasur, near Lahore, which caused national protests.
In that case, the six-year-old victim, Zainab Fatima Ameen, was attacked by a 24-year-old man who confessed to her rape and murder.
The authorities in Kasur also discovered an enormous pedophile ring in 2015.
Six-year-old Zainab Fatima Ameen was raped and killed in January 2018 in Kasur, Pakistan
Imran Ali, 24, received four death sentences following the confession of the crime, which have now been confirmed during an appeal in Lahore, Pakistan in 2018
The murder of Zainab in 2018 led to indignation in Pakistan, with riots breaking out in Kasur while thousands of police stations swarming and setting the houses of politicians on fire
In a scandal that rocked the country, at least 280 children were sexually abused by a gang that blackmailed their parents by threatening to leak the videos.
There are currently no crimes punished by public executions in Pakistan.
Omar Waraich, South Asian Deputy Director of Amnesty International, said to MailOnline in a statement: “Pakistan must take steps to abolish this cruel relic from the past, but not extend its use.”
“Lawmakers in Pakistan need to look at the facts – there is nowhere else in the world evidence that the death penalty detests crime any more than prison, and the gruesome spectacle of public executions will be no different,” he added.
“Public executions, which are now very rare in the world, are a legacy for a crueller era. Pakistan needs to focus on good child protection and crime prevention measures. ”
“Public curtains are acts of unacceptable cruelty and do not belong in a society that respects rights,” Amnesty said in an earlier statement.
“There is no empirical evidence to show that public attire is a deterrent to crime or protects the psychosocial well-being of children,” Sarah Belal, executive director of Justice Project Pakistan, a non-profit group campaigning against the death penalty, said.
In March 2016, Pakistan introduced a law criminalizing the sexual abuse of minors, child pornography and human trafficking. Previously, only rapes and sodomy were legally punishable.