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Pakistan PM Imran Khan has approved in principle a law which allow chemical castration as a punishment for rapists, after previously declaring that perpetrators of such crimes 'should hanged publicly.'
Local media report the draft bill will also include increasing women's role in policing, fast-tracking rape cases and witness protection, with Prime Minister Imran Khan saying no delay will be tolerated.
"We need to ensure a safe environment for our citizens," Khan said.
The Prime Minister explained that legislation will be transparent with strict enforcement, and that rape survivors will be able to register complaints without fear, and with protection from the government.
Member of the Senate of Pakistan Faisal Javed Khan yesterday said of the PM's backing of the law: "Strict punishments against wild beasts abusing children and women, special policing, fast track cases, protection of witnesses and victims, data bank of rapists, quick and expeditious investigations and other points have been drafted.
"Will be implemented soon to be approved by Parliament."
It comes following a shocking rape case in Pakistan in September where a woman in Lahore was gang raped by two men after she ran out of fuel and her car broke down.
The First Information Report says the attackers approached her while she was waiting for police to arrive and committed the crimes in front of her children.
At the time, when asked what type of punishments should be handed to people convicted of crimes like this, Mr Khan didn't hold back.
"I think [the rapist] should be hanged publicly," he told 92 News.
"Rapists and child molesters should have public hanging. You do not know the real statistics as well, because it's under-reported. People do not report it due to being scared or ashamed, women are ashamed, no one wants to tell."
The Prime Minister later admitted that Pakistan wouldn't introduce public hangings because it would be condemned around the world and could affect their trading relationship with Europe.
Instead, Mr Khan said those convicted should 'undergo chemical castration, or surgery be performed so they cannot do anything in future'.
"The way there is first degree, second degree, third-degree murder, this [rape] should be graded in the same way, and when there is first degree [rape], castrate them. Operate on them and make them unable to do this," Khan said in the interview.
Sexual harassment and violence against women is widespread in Pakistan, with activists estimating that nearly 1,000 women are killed each year in 'honour killings'.
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