BILL PASSED BY SENATE TO CONTAIN TORMENT AND DEATHS OF PEOPLE IN CUSTODY
July 13, 2021
In the February of the last year, Senator Shireen Rehman of the Pakistan People’s Party proposed into discussion the bill about containing custodial deaths and ward off torture that transpires to people in custody of the police, medical investigation, judicial premises, or any other. The bill moved by her “The prevention of torture and custodial Death” was passed by the Senate unanimously to the national assembly for further mechanism.
Shireen Rehman was quite exultant at this occasion and expressed her feelings by taking the case to Twitter and tweeting over there. She appreciated the entire senator and mentioned two of her fellow senators Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar and Federal Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari, and thanked them for their constant effort with the committee to make this bill effective. She adjacently tweeted that Pakistan is on its way to criminalize torture.
After an hour the bill was passed, rights organization Amnesty International acknowledged and welcome the bill and mentioned that the National assembly along with the passing bill needs to follow the implementation as well with the UN convention against torture.
The bill proposes prison terms and fines for local officials answerable for custodial torture, passing, and sexual abuse, with a fine of Rs2 million and a 10-year sentence for custodial torture and a fine of Rs3 million with life imprisonment charged for the same crime.
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