Senate committee seeks ‘public hanging’ of abductors who kill, rape minor under 14

ISLAMABAD: Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Interior Rehman Malik on Wednesday requested that the Senate take up a bill seeking public hanging of those found guilty of kidnapping or raping children under the age of 14.

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The amendments to the existing legislation, which have been approved by the Senate committee, seek changes to the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) and the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) in relation to punishments for the offence of the kidnapping of children, Malik said in a letter to the Senate Secretariat.

The bill proposed by the committee, entitled the Criminal Law Amendment Act 2018, seeks to amend the Pakistan Penal Code Act 1860’s Section 364-A (kidnapping or abducting a person under the age of 14) so that the punishment for the crime is a public execution.

Section 364-A currently reads: “Whoever kidnaps or abducts any person under the [age of fourteen] in order that such person may be murdered or subjected to grievous hurt… or to the lust of any person [sic] shall be punished with death.”

The amendment seeks to add the phrase, “by hanging publicly”, after the word “death” in the current legislation, the letter said.

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