Pakistan President Arif Alvi has signed an ordinance, which allows chemical castration of serials rapists in the country. This came days after the Pakistani government approved the anti-rape ordinance.
The new law is aimed at ensuring a speedy trial of rape cases against women and children. Under the law, special courts would be established throughout the country with an aim to deliver justice within four months.
The government will now also establish a nationwide registry of sexual offenders with the help of the National Database and Registration Authority.
صدر مملکت ڈاکٹر عارف علوی نے انسدادِ ریپ آرڈیننس2020ء کی منظوری دیدی
آرڈیننس سے عورتوں اور بچوں کے خلاف جنسی زیادتی کے معاملات کو جلد نمٹانے میں مدد ملے گی۔
جنسی زیادتی کے ملزمان کے تیز ٹرائل اور کیسز جلد از جلد نمٹانے کیلئے ملک بھر میں اسپیشل کورٹس کا قیام عمل میں لایا جائے گا
— The President of Pakistan (@PresOfPakistan) December 15, 2020
In other news, the Nitish Kumar-led government in Bihar has approved a proposal for providing free COVID-19 vaccines to everyone in Bihar. This was a key promise made by the NDA ahead of the assembly polls in the state. With the state cabinet now approving the proposal, free vaccines could soon become a reality for people of Bihar.
LIVE UPDATES on today’s big stories will appear below:
13:03 PM: Mumbai Court grants bail to Arnab Goswami’s CEO Vikas Khanchandani in the TRP scam case. He was sent to 14 days of judicial custody on Tuesday
11:27 AM: Noida: Protesting farmers block Noida Link Road towards Delhi at Chilla border. (ANI)
Noida: Protesting farmers block Noida Link Road towards Delhi at Chilla border pic.twitter.com/SrGc3miU76
— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) December 16, 2020
11:09 AM: Two Pakistan Army soldiers killed along LoC opposite Naushera sector by Indian Army while retaliating to ceasefire violation by the Pakistan Army there yesterday: Sources. (ANI)
10:38 AM: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee slams BJP for trying to import Asaduddin Owaisi’s AIMIM in Bengal to sharpen communal polarisation and divide Hindu-Muslim votes among themselves. (PTI)
09:31 AM: Single-day rise of 26,382 infections, 387 fatalities pushes India’s COVID-19 caseload to 99,32,547, death toll to 1,44,096: Health Ministry. (PTI)