Pakistan: Top Imams Veto 'Un-Islamic' Chemical Castration for Rapists

Pakistan: Top Imams Veto 'Un-Islamic' Chemical Castration for Rapists


Pakistan’s Islamic Council of Ideology repealed an anti-rape law clause allowing chemical castration as a possible punishment for convicted rapists on Friday, just two days after the nation’s parliament enacted the law introducing the penalty, Voice of America (VOA) reported.

“The Islamic Council of Ideology had objected to the punishment of chemical castration for rapists for being an un-Islamic practice, so we decided to remove it from the law,” Maleeka Bukhari, Pakistan’s parliamentary secretary on law, told reporters on November 19 in Islamabad.

Pakistan’s Islamic Council of Ideology is “a constitutional advisory body mandated to interpret and ensure all Pakistani laws are in line with Islam,” according to the U.S. government-funded VOA.

“It would have been unconstitutional to pass the law as all

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