Bilawal opposes death sentence for child abusers, suggests life-term instead
Bilawal is the chairman of the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Human Rights.
The National Assembly’s Standing Committee was informed on Monday that Bilawal Bhutto Zardari opposes the death penalty for child abusers and sex offenders. Bilawal is also the Chairman of the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Human Rights.
The committee was informed by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak that Bilawal insists on life-term for such perpetrators instead. The committee discussed the laws prevalent in other countries for criminals involved in child abuse.
Zainab Alert Bill:
The National Assembly recently passed the ‘Zainab Alert Bill’, named after Zainab Ansari. Zainab was a 6-year-old girl from Kasur. Her parents had gone to perform Umrah in Saudi Arabia and left Zainab with her uncle. On January 4, 2018 she left for a Quran class, was abducted, raped and killed.
This bill was to help make provisions for raising alert, response and recovery of missing and abducted children.
The Government will work to establish The Zainab Alert, Response and Recovery Agency for Missing and Abducted Children (ZARRA)
The ZARRA will:
- Consist of staff that is suitably equipped with the skills of managing databases, conducting planning and monitoring of programs, analyzing data, preparing reports and coordinating with all other offices.
- Activate Zainab Alerts when there is a missing or abducted child, at the Federal Capital level, This will include information on the physical characteristics of the missing or abducted child as well as any other data that would help in the child’s identification, so as to inform the public and all concerned agencies to whom these alerts will be issued.
- A nationwide toll-free helpline will be set up, where the missing child can be reported. It can be used by anyone who has any information about the missing child.
- They will maintain an online database both in the National Commission on the Rights of the Child (NRC) and Division concerned of every reported incident of a missing or abducted child. the action taken, the current status of the case and its final outcome. This database shall be monitored for accuracy and shall be kept updated at all times. It will be available to the public in both English and Urdu.
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