Punjab to work on strict laws after increased rape cases

Cabinet committee to start work on war footing, role of Punjab Forensic Science Agency pivotal

The government of Punjab has said that stricter laws will be introduced against the increasing trend of rape cases to curb the menace.

In a joint press conference, Provincial Home Minister Ataullah Tarar and Law Minister Malik Muhammad Ahmad Khan said that a cabinet committee chaired by Punjab Chief Minister Hamza Shehbaz had expressed concerns over rising rape cases during the last three years. They further said that as a result, there was a need for legislation for strict punishments for rape.

The provincial ministers told the media that the cabinet committee would start work on war footing, emphasizing the role of the Punjab Forensic Science Agency for detailed DNA sampling. They said that government, all sectors of the society including the civil sector, lawyers and teachers were working on the issue.

They laid emphasis upon the role of society and family as crucial because they were pivotal in the protection of children from sexual abuse. Tarar, during the press conference, said that the previous PTI-led provincial government appointed police officers by accepting bribery, that worsened the law and order situation.

The home minister also raised concerns about the drug addiction of students in elite schools and colleges. He further lauded the Punjab inspector general as a good policy-maker and dutiful officer.