ISLAMABAD – Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Monday that he would like convicted rapists to be executed in public or chemically castrated, in response to a question about the rape of a woman on a motorway last week that has caused uproar in the South Asian nation .
Last week, a mother of two driving along a major highway near Lahore was pulled out of her car and raped by two men under fire – one of whom was arrested by police on Monday.
Khan said he believed the culprits should be hanged in public, but added that officials had informed him that such an act could bring a preferential trade status granted to the European Union (EU) to Pakistan.
The EU Generalized System of Preferences (GSP-plus) granted to Pakistan in 201
However, Khan said he was also investigating the possibility of chemical castration instead.
“The way there is first degree, second degree, third degree murder, this [rape] must be classified in the same way and when there is a first degree [rape]castrates them. Operate on them and make them unable to do this, ”Khan said in an interview with a Pakistani news channel.
Khan’s remarks came when Pakistani officials announced that one of the two main suspects in the highway rape case had been arrested and had admitted the crime. Officials said they also had a positive DNA match. The search for the other suspect is still ongoing.
Police retrieved DNA samples from the scene and used GPS data from cell phone networks to identify people who were at the scene when the attack took place.
The shocking attack sparked nationwide protests and calls for the resignation of officials as well as the public hanging of rapists in Pakistan.
In February, lawmakers enacted legislation to publicly hang those convicted of sexually abusing and killing children, but the law was not passed.