Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan has called for convicted rapists and child molesters to be either hanged or chemically castrated.
He made the statement when asked in an interview on Monday about a rape incidence that has garnered national outrage in Pakistan.
The suspect Shafqat Ali and others, gang-raped a woman at gunpoint in front of her children in Pakistan last week.He was arrested and he subsequently confessed to the attack.
Speaking on Pakistani TV on Monday, Khan said: “What I think is that there should be chemical castration, I have read that it is happening in many countries.
The way murder is graded: First-, second- and third-degree. This should also be graded, and for first-degree (sex crimes) there should be castration.”
The attack was said to have taken place in the early hours of Thursday last week after a woman driving on the highway near Lahore ran out of petrol and broke down.
She had locked her car doors and called for assistance, but a group of men smashed her window and dragged her out before help arrived.
After the rape ordeal was over, the woman was also robbed.
Police last week arrested 15 men, but said none of them were directly involved in the rape. Officers have since named two primary suspects as Shafqat Ali and Abid Malhi.
Khan spoke out after Shafqat was taken into custody on Monday, with police saying his DNA has matched samples found at the scene, and he has confessed.
Police also named a third suspect, though he has claimed he was wrongly named because a friend was using his phone sim card at the time of the attack.
He has not been charged, but remains in custody.
Ali was taken into custody during a police raid on his home village in Punjab.
Punjab’s chief minister, Uzman Buzdar, said raids were underway to catch Malhi.
Khan also said that the other suspect,Malhi had been involved in another gang rape in 2013.