Child rapists be executed under Islamic hudood: MPs
KABUL (Pajhwok): Lawmakers on Saturday proposed capital punishment for individuals found guilty of sexually abusing children under Islamic restrictions in order to prevent such acts.
The Wolesi Jirga or lower house members were making the demand days after a three-year-old girl was reportedly rapped by three adults and an 11-year-old girl by a 40-year-old man in northern Takhar province in separate incidents.
Nafisa Azimi, from southern Ghazni province, said child rape incidents had lately increased in the country, asking the government to execute in public the individuals involved. She urged religious leaders to speak about such incidents and seek execution for child rapists by raising their voice.
Her colleague from western Herat province, Qazi Nazir Hanafi, also insisted on capital punishment for child rapists. He said child sexual abuse would continue until Islamic hudood were not enforced in the country.
First deputy speaker Siddique Ahmad Osmani, who presided over today’s session, said the authorities concerned should take all needed measures curbing sexual attacks on children. “The government should treat child rapists like those in the Paghman gang rape case.”
The government last month hanged five men after they were handed down death sentences in a televised court hearing in the Paghman gang rape case that drew international attention and pumped an outcry across Afghanistan.
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