ISLAMABAD – Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Monday that he would like convicted rapists to be publicly executed or chemically castrated in response to a question about the rape of a woman on a highway last week, which caused a stir in the South Asian country.
Last week, a mother of two driving on a major highway near Lahore was pulled from her car and raped by two men with guns – one of whom was arrested by police on Monday.
Khan said he believed the perpetrators should be hanged in public, but added that officials had informed him that such an act could jeopardize the preferential trade status granted to Pakistan by the European Union (EU).
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However, Khan said he was considering chemical castration instead.
“The way there’s first-, second-, and third-degree murder, that.” [rape] it must be assessed in the same way when there is a first degree [rape], castrate them. “Operate them and make them unable to do so,” Khan said in an interview with a Pakistani news channel.
Khan’s statement came when Pakistani authorities announced that one of the two main suspects in the highway rape case had been arrested and confessed to the crime. Officials also said they had a positive DNA match. The search for the second suspect is still ongoing.
Police removed DNA samples from the site and used GPS data from cellular telephone networks to identify individuals who were at the scene of the attack.
The shocking attack sparked protests across the country and calls for the resignation of officials, as well as the public hanging of rapists in Pakistan.
In February, lawmakers introduced legislation to publicly hang those convicted of sexual abuse and murder of children, but the law was not passed.