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Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan called for rapists and child molesters to be publicly hanged or castrated after a mother was raped by two men, numerous sources reported. 

The attack garnered national attention and protests after the woman was raped by two men when she ran out of gas and her car broke down on a highway outside of Lahore, according to CBS News.

While waiting for police to arrive to help her, the two men allegedly raped and robbed her, officials said according to CNN.

Imran Khan Govt wants to send a clear message to society & world at large that it’s serious in fighting the scourge of gang rapes & pedophilia; we withheld this comment for several hours & are releasing it after we ascertained that it’s not said just in anger but means business!

— Moeed Pirzada (@MoeedNj) September 14, 2020

Police arrested three men, including one of the alleged rapists, but the mastermind of the group reportedly remains at large after the attack Sept. 10. The investigation is ongoing.

In a Monday television interview, Khan said that he had discussed punishments with his cabinet for cases involving rape and child sexual abuse, which include public hanging or castration, according to CBS News.

“I think he (the culprit) should be hanged in a public square. Rapists and child molesters should undergo public hanging. You do not know the real statistics as well, because it’s under-reported. People do not report it as they are scared or ashamed, women are ashamed, no one wants to speak,” he said.

The prime minister acknowledged that the international community would likely not accept public hanging, and it could affect Pakistan’s trade relations with the European Union. Instead of public hanging, however, Khan suggetsed that sex offenders should instead be punished with “chemical castration, or surgery be performed so they cannot do anything in future.” (RELATED: Human Traffickers, Corrupt Clergy Target Pakistani Christian Girls For Chinese Grooms)

Khan said his cabinet is working to introduce new measures to signal to sex offenders that their crimes will be seriously punished. One of the measures is introducing a database and police where all sex criminals will be registered and tracked, according to CBS. 

The rape of the woman in Lahore along with the rape of a 5-year-old girl in southern Pakistan, who was also hit on the head and set on fire, prompted protests in the country, which critics have said has a toxic culture surrounding sexual assault and hold abuse, according to the New York Times.

Victims are often treated as criminals or blamed for the assaults. One official in Pakistan’s National Assembly, Mehnaz Akber Azid, told the Times that most child rape and abuse victims come from small towns and villages and their cases rarely receive attention, while perpatrators are often quietly released. 

“You are signaling to these people, the rapists, that ‘It’s OK, you can continue doing what you’re doing and there will be a way out, even if you’re arrested,’” she said.

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Rakul Preet Singh Gets Delhi High Court to Issue Notice Against Unsubstantiated Media Reports Connecting Her To Rhea Chakraborty Drug Case

Actress Rakul Preet Singh, recently courted controversy after reports surfaced that Sushant Singh Rajput’s girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty had named her and Sara Ali Khan for consuming drugs. While NCB, who currently has custody of Rhea, denied any such news reports. However, Rakul was dragged and the media ran the news like wildfire on their channels. However, Rakul, in a petition filed in the Delhi high court, citing that the media was running a hate campaign and that the media was running “unsubstantiated” material that was “in contravention with I&B Ministry Guidelines”. Rhea Chakraborty Drug Probe: Samantha Akkineni Says Sorry to Sara Ali Khan and Rakul Preet Singh As NCB Denies Their Names Being Under Radar.

And now, the Delhi HC directed the Centre, Prasar Bharati and News Broadcasters Centre to consider Rakul’s petition as a representation and hoped that media and news channels would show “restraint and abide by Program Code”. Sara Ali Khan, Rakul Preet Singh’s Names Surfaced During Rhea Chakraborty Drug Probe, Reveals NCB in New Statement.

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Delhi High Court issues notice in petiton by actor #RakulPreet against “unsubstantiated” media reports against her in connection with Rhea Chakraborty drug case.

She argues that media reports are being run in contravention with I&B Ministry Guidelines. @Rakulpreet

— Bar & Bench (@barandbench) September 17, 2020

As per a report in the Free Press Journal, Rakul’s petition read, “I got to know during a shoot that Rhea Chakraborty has named me and Sara Ali Khan for taking drugs, and the media started running a campaign against me. They’re showing my morphed pictures and pictures from film sets to paint a narrative, to hound me, and link me to some sort of a drug gang. Media is harassing me; they’re coming to my house.” Sushant Singh Rajput Death Probe: NCB Denies Any Bollywood Personality Being On its Radar.

The petition also read, “Please issue ad-interim direction to stop broadcasting of maligning and defamatory content against me. Media trials violate my right under Art 21 of the Constitution, court must interfere.” Rakul reportedly also asked the court to “de-register the channel for the slandering without knowing that Chakraborty retracted her statement”

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