Syed Tahir Rashdi
Rape, act of sexual intercourse with an individual without his or her consent, through force or the threat of force. In many jurisdictions, the crime of rape has been subsumed under that of sexual assault, which also encompasses acts that fall short of intercourse. Rape was long considered to be caused by unbridled sexual desire, but it is now understood as a pathological assertion of power over a victim. The number of rape cases in a country are a factor of its population size. This is why rape incidences or number of rapes per 100,000 population is a more accurate measure to understand which countries fare worst. According to UN Crime Trend Statistics 2013, UK has the highest incidence of rape, followed by the US, Brazil and India. It is important to keep in mind though that many rape cases are not reported due to cultural factors and may not figure in official records. Rapes of Woman and 5-Year-Old Fuel Outrage in Pakistan. The girl’s burned body was found two days later. The woman was dragged from her car. The two cases have focused the country’s attention on its handling of sexual abuse. A 5-year-old girl in southern Pakistan was raped, hit on the head and set on fire. Five days later, a woman in the country’s east was dragged from her car and sexually assaulted on a highway in front of her children. The two episodes, which occurred hundreds of miles apart, have prompted protests and an outpouring of rage in a country that critics say has a toxic culture surrounding sexual assaults and child abuse. Hashtags calling for justice for the victims have been shared widely on social media by ordinary people, opposition politicians and high-profile athletes, including Shan Masood, a member of Pakistan’s national cricket team. Pakistan has been plagued by episodes of rape and child abuse over the years. Victims are often treated as criminals or blamed for the assaults. Human rights activists have long said that officials at all levels of the national government have regularly failed to address the issue in a comprehensive way. Rape is regarded as one of the most offensive crimes a human can commit. Rape victims are often looked down in the society and have to suffer mental torture without any fault of theirs. The society turns the offender’s life into living hell. The impact is horrific as it inflicts indelible physical, emotional and mental wounds on the victim. But what about the culprit? What should be done to the devil who shatters the soul of the victim? Different governments across the globe came up with strong laws against sexual assault to make their countries a safer place for their citizens. hey made sure anyone who indulged in this heinous crime couldn’t roam free. Some punishments are so brutal that they can make you feel pity for the culprits too. ere are the most brutal rape punishments of different countries around the world. 1. Rape is a criminal offence in Pakistan. Punishment for rape in Pakistan under the Pakistani laws is either death penalty or imprisonment of between ten and twenty-five years. For cases related to gang rape, the punishment is either death penalty or life imprisonment. DNA test and other scientific evidence are used in prosecuting rape cases in Pakistan. 2. India: Life imprisonment to death sentence. -The writer is a freelance columnist, Reviewer and Journalist, and pursuing BS (Pakistan Studies) at University of Sindh.
After the Anti Rape Bill of April 2013, culprits are liable to life imprisonment (which is actually 14 years), imprisonment for entire life and even the death sentence in the rarest of rare cases. The amendment also expanded to include a lot of other kinds of sexual assault that amount to rape. 3. France: 15 years to life The French are pretty hardcore about their rape laws. They hand out 15 year sentences for rape, which can be extended to 30 or life depending on the extent of damage and brutality. 4. China: Death sentence or castration The sentence for rape in China is death, which some might laud for their swiftness. However, execution without a proper trial is just as savage. Proof of their autocratic leadership shows in the fact that some convicted rapists who were executed were later found innocent. Castration is also used in some cases. 5. Saudi Arabia: Beheading within days The punishment for rape in Saudi Arabia is a public beheading after administering the rapist with a sedative. The fact that they hand down the same punishment for drug trafficking as well proves that something very wrong is ingrained in their system. 6. North Korea: Death by firing squad This dictatorship sentences rapists to death by firing squad. Their lines of justice are so blurred that for all we know, they just use this as a cover up to execute dissidents. 7. Afghanistan: Shot in the head or hanged to death Convicted rapists here are shot in the head within 4 days or hanged to death depending on the judgement handed out by the court. 8. Egypt: Death by hanging Egypt is also one of the places that still follows the slightly outdated mode of death by hanging. In the case of rapists though, I think that’s pretty ok. 9. Iran: Hanged to death Rapists in Iran are sentenced to death, sometimes by hanging but sometimes allegedly also by stoning, which is a gruesome method to go. Sadly enough however, the culture here also ends up victimising the person who was raped however. 10. USA: Imprisonment for life The usual sentence for a convicted rapist here depends on whether the trial falls under state or federal law. In cases under federal law, the punishments can range from a few years to imprisonment for the entirety of the rapist’s life span.
Syed Tahir Rashdi