ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly Sub-committee on Interior on Friday rejected ‘The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill 2016’, which was moved after the incidents of child sexual abuse and pornography in Kasur and Swat.
|Princess Mussarrat Ahmed Zeb|
Speaking during the committee’s meeting, Ms Zeb said that offenders should be awarded the death penalty or life imprisonment instead.
“People are not afraid of committing these crimes as the punishment for them is not more than seven years. The death penalty or life imprisonment should be awarded just like in rape cases. It is unfortunate that child pornography has become a business in which mafias are involved,” she said.
A representative of the Law Division told members that offenders are usually awarded five to seven years in prison. He said the law remains lenient for the first offence after which punishment is increased.
So the first child you destroy is sort of a freebee!
The convenor of the committee, Naeema Kishwar Khan, said the bill will not be approved as punishment for the offence already exists and “it is not rape”.
|A younger Princess Mussarrat Ahmed Zeb|
Ms Zeb then walked out of the committee room in Parliament Lodges.
Talking to Dawn later, she said that MNAs were sitting in parliament not to protect the interests of the people of the country but those of their respective parties.
What she didn't say was that some of those people in their respective parties are either involved or are protecting those who are. That's my guess! When there is money and organized crime and a 3rd world country - it all fits together so nicely.
“The incident of child sexual abuse and pornography started in Kasur where over 100 cases were reported and then in Swat where over 50 cases were reported. A mafia is involved in this but it is strange that the convener of the committee was not ready to listen to my point of view and understand the sensitivity of the issue,” she said.
She said she wanted increased punishments for the crime because child pornography has become a business in Pakistan.
“I will think of alternate ways of increasing punishment for this heinous crime,” she said, adding that mafias only stop being involved in a crime if punishment for it is increased. She said crime had decreased during Ziaul Haq’s time because the punishment of flogging was introduced.
“There are children in every house and they can become victims at any time. Therefore I suggest punishment for child sexual abuse be increased,” she argued.
God bless you, MNA Zeb. Keep going! Children have no voice; if you stop speaking, there will be silence once again.