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Rapists should be tried under terror law, says Babar

01 October, 2013

LAHORE: Former Federal Law Minister Senator Dr Babar Awan has announced moving the Lahore High Court seeking directions to the inspector general of police to register cases of child molestation and rape under the Anti Terrorism Act of 1997.

Talking to our sources, the former law minister said that minors rape cases was a great challenge for the entire nation. He said it was surprising for him why police were reluctant to register such cases under Section 7 of the Anti Terrorism Act 1997. He said the floodgate of the crime showed incompetence of investigators, lack of police training to search, chase and book culprits as well as tearing the fabric of society.

He said Section 6 of the Act clearly spells out that offences raising alarm in society or a wave of fear or terror were terrorist acts, adding the offences must be tried for which the law provides to decide a case within 30 days. He said there was a provision in the ATA 1997 that if investigation was not made properly, then the official could be punished. However, he said that since 1997, till today, nobody had been punished under the provision and that was why deterrence of law had withered away.

Citing a recent example of the Mumbai Court verdict in a girl student rape case, he said four accused had been sentenced to death and the horrific frequency of the crime in India, which was one rape every 20 minutes, had come down considerably.

As a lawyer, he said he appreciated it and now courts here, lawyers and the entire nation needed to answer to the cries of molested children. On behalf of four renowned lawyers, Dr Babar Awan said he would file a writ petition in the LHC seeking directions to the IGP to register such cases under ATA 1997.


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