PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government plans to amend child protection and welfare laws to impose the death penalty on child sex offenders and to publicly imprison them for 14 years.
Under the current KP Children’s Protection and Welfare (Amendment) Act, 2010, a person who sexually abuses an individual can be sentenced to up to 14 years in prison.
The new draft of the KP Children’s Protection and Welfare (Amendment) Act 2020 includes a plan for harsher punishments, including life imprisonment and a fine of Rs 5 million. The law also proposes the death penalty for organ smugglers.
The bill states that in the case of the death penalty, “execution proceedings shall be recorded by audio-visual means and such recordings may be accessible to the public.”
“If the accused is sentenced to life imprisonment, he will be imprisoned for the rest of his natural life without the possibility of parole or investigation.”
It added that the offender would not be entitled to any pardon during his imprisonment.
Other amendments include making pornographic videos of a child with intent to sexually assault a person and up to 10 years in prison.
The bill proposed that the registration of sex offenders be maintained and that all information about convicted persons be shared with the National Statistics and Registration Authority (NADRA) so that it can be made public.
In addition, registered sex offenders will not be employed by an organization that works or deals with children and the employer who employs them will be fined. They will also be barred from traveling on public transport used by children.
Provincial Minister for Social Welfare Dr. Hisham Inamullah Khan said Geo TV He said that the government has taken notice of the increasing cases of child abuse and the draft law will be presented in the next cabinet meeting of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government.
The draft also proposes life imprisonment or “a period that can be extended to 25 years, but also a fine of less than 14 years and up to Rs 5 million for those convicted of child trafficking.”
Human rights activist Fareeha Aziz says the proposal to take a video clip of the execution and make it public is “inhumane”.
“It’s all about making a show,” she says Geo TV“It did not benefit law and order, nor did it solve the problem.”
He added that the government should look into the issues that arise during the investigation and prosecution of sexual violence and assault cases instead. “It’s important to focus on these things because they rarely do [such] Incidents reach the stage of punishment.