Rape, murder victim’s father files petition seeking public hanging of rapists

Father of a child who had been sexually assaulted and then murdered moved a write petition in Lahore High Court on Saturday demanding public hanging of those involved in the barbaric act of rape.

Muhammad Afzal’s son was subjected to the horror in Mandi Bahauddin, the petition has named the federal government and other concerned authorities as respondents and seeks a greenlight on public hangings as a means to create deterrence in the society against such vile acts.

The petition maintains that public executions are not something outlandish and are being carried out in many countries around the globe, the petition argues that the method is deemed effective, the petition also makes mention of the tragic motorway gang-rape incident and its importance for creating awareness over the need for public executions.

Yesterday, Federal Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari ruled out public hanging for rapists, saying that no law for the public hanging of rapists was in the offing.

In an informal conversation with journalists, she said that the government was considering several measures to prevent such incidents from taking place and ensuring justice for victims.

The human rights minister said that Prime Minister Imran Khan had rejected the proposal of any such law, citing international conventions that Pakistan is signatory to.