As the National Assembly (NA) resolution seeking public hanging for child rapists attracts mixed reactions from all quarters, Tamghae Imtiaz recipient Mehwish Hayat has supported the same despite the opposition of many, including federal ministers Farrogh Naseem, Shireen Mazari and Fawad Chaudhry.
The NA on Friday adopted a resolution seeking public hanging of those convicted for sexually abusing and murdering children, with a majority vote amid opposition from two government ministers and the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP). While the two ministers — Shireen and Fawad — condemned the resolution and termed it as an expression of extremism, Federal Minister for Law and Justice Barrister Farrogh Naseem opposed it as “contravention to Islamic teachings and the Constitution”.
With the never-ending debate on capital punishment continuing on Saturday, actor Mehwish Hayat took to Twitter to support the resolution.
“Strange when these rapes and murders of children are reported, we all call for the perpetrators 2 be hung in public. When the govt agrees we all begin 2 hide behind ‘human right violations’. Unfortunate as it is, we need strong deterrents to stop this rot in society! [sic]” she tweeted with ‘#hangchildrapists’.
Meanwhile, Minister Farrogh Naseem, in a media talk, said that the Supreme Court (SC) had declared public hanging of a culprit as unlawful back in 1994. “The apex court has declared public hanging of a convict a violation of the Sharia and the Constitution.”
“The Law Ministry will not hammer out a law against the constitution and the teachings of Sharia,” he said.
The resolution was tabled in the Lower House by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader and Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan. He had on Friday said that Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan wanted capital punishment for child abuse convicts.