PAKISTANI Prime Minister Imran Khan said that convicted rapists should be publicly hung or surgically castrated.
The announcement was made following the public outrage at the gang rape of a French mother in front of her two young children last week.
The former cricket star said in a TV interview that his government had explored the idea of returning public hangings but had been advised against it, the Times reported.
"In my opinion, they should be hanged in the marketplace," PM Khan said.
"Unfortunately, when we had the discussion, we were told it would not be internationally acceptable.
"The trade status given to us by the European Union will be affected."
An alternative to the public hanging, Mr Khan suggested that rapists could be chemically or surgically castrated, depending on the severity of their crime.
"The way there is first-degree, second-degree, third-degree murder, this should be graded in the same way.
"When there is first degree [rape], castrate them. Make them unable to do this," Mr Khan, 67, said.
The PM's comments were welcomed on social media following last week's attack of a woman in Lahore.
The unnamed victim, believed to be French, was attacked on a motorway after her car ran out of fuel.
The woman was waiting for help when two men smashed in her car windows and dragged her and her kids to a nearby field.
The mum was raped multiple times in front of her children before the attackers ran off with her money and jewellery.
Dodging criticism over last week's attack, Mr Khan told the interviewer that "our family system is intact" compared with the breakdown of social values seen in the West.
'RAPE CAPITAL OF THER WORLD'
He claimed that the divorce rate in England had jumped to 70 per cent due to an increase in "vulgarity" while Indian cinema had led to Delhi becoming the "rape capital" of the world.
However, Mr Khan's words were denounced by human rights activists as the latest example of appealing to public anger.
"Political leaders engage in a rhetoric of hangings or executions to appease public wrath over state failures to ensure justice and protection in cases of sexual violence, instead of actually doing the hard work and bringing reform," said Meenakshi Ganguly, South Asia director for Human Rights Watch.
Earlier this year the Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs, Ali Muhammad Khan, called for the public hanging of people convicted of the sexual abuse and murder of children.
The resolution, which passed by a majority, was opposed by senior government ministers.
Pakistanis have been calling for public executions to be introduced following the horrifying rape and murder of the seven-year-old girl Zainab Ansari in 2018.
The girl was found dead in a rubbish dump in Kasur after being snatched on her way to school.
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