Senate’s committee approves amendment in children protection law

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ISLAMABAD – Penalties for human rights violations pertaining to children have been revised as Senate’s committee for human rights has approved an amendment in criminal law,

Taping or clicking indecent pictures of children will land the criminal in prison for two to seven years. Rape accused, if convicted of the offense will be sentenced to life in prison.

Human traffickers found guilty of smuggling children will go behind the bars for five to seven years.

Human Rights Commission’s report in regard to Kasur child abuse scandal states that around 32 cases were reported. Cases have been launched in some 20 legit cases out of the total. The report further stated that the administration has not taken any action against the culprit who taped children.

Kasur child abuse scandal came to the fore in August 2015 when the residents of the area protested against the police and the local legislator of the area.

The issue was picked up by the media and the government of Punjab was forced to take action against the culprits.

Chief Minister (CM) Shahbaz Sharif visited the place and assured the victims of assistance in the issue. He had directed the police to help the victims and do whatever it took to arrest the culprits. The Chief Minister said that the scandal was a brutal act and said that stern action would be taken against those involved.

The Chief Minister had also said that it was now his responsibility to look into the matter.

Leaders of different political parties had strongly denounced the act. Jamaat Islami (JI) chief Sirajul Haq, Opposition leader in Punjab Assembly Mehmoodur Rasheed and Pakistan People’s Party’s (PPP) Jehan Ara Wattoo visited the village and assured complete support to the victimized families.

Some politicians had called for trials of accused in military courts.

Mehmoodur Rashid termed the incident a slap on faces of ‘claimants of good governance’. Another PTI leader Chaudhry Sarwar said police had implicated the victims instead of helping them.

Meanwhile, PPP’s member Punjab Assembly Jehan Ara Wattoo said such cruelty with the children of the nation would not be tolerated.

The outrage at the time can be measured by the fact that victims had hurled shoes at Punjab Inspector General (IG) upon his visit at the time.

2016-03-02

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