Pakistan has decided to introduce chemical castration as a possible punishment for serial rapists under a law that also calls for quicker trials of suspected sexual offenders, a government official announced Thursday.
The law came into effect immediately, according to Waqar Hussain, a government official.
Polish, South Korea, the Czech Republic, and some parts of the United States practice chemical castration, which is reversible and aided by drugs.
The prime minister called for the penalty last year following an outcry over increasing offenses and the case of a mother of two dragged from her car and raped by two men at gunpoint while driving along a major highway.
According to the non-profit organization War Against Rape, less than 3 percent of alleged rapists are convicted in Pakistan.
Sexual assaults should be investigated rather than harsher punishments, according to Amnesty International.
Meanwhile, a Pakistani woman was assaulted and groped by over 400 men in a park in Lahore as she filmed a TikTok video, and police have opened cases against hundreds of unidentified men.
Several videos of the assault were posted online, showing the woman being attacked by a mob as she made a TikTok video with friends while in Lahore’s Greater Iqbal Park. In broad daylight, the men picked up the young woman and tossed her between them, tearing her clothes and assaulting and groping her.
According to the police report, she filed a case against 300 to 400 unidentified individuals in Lahore.