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MPs demand strict punishment for cannibalism, bills moved to NA.

ISLAMABAD -- Members National Assembly on Tuesday moved two private member bills to the House seeking legislation for rigorous imprisonment and fine for those involved in cannibalism.

Two identical bills were moved by MNAs Aliya Kamran and Shahida Akhter Ali and Dr Nikhat Shakeel Khan, Shiekh Salahuddin, Muzammil Qureshi and Kishwer Zehra which were not opposed by the government and Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq sent the same to standing committees concerned.

The first bill moved by Nikhat Shakeel Khan and colleagues has sought

amendments in Pakistan Penal Code proposing to enhance the imprisonment period for cannibalism from existing one year to seven years while an amount of Rs 500,000 as fine.

In the second bill moved by Aliya Kamran and Shahida Akhter Ali has sought insertion of a section seeking that, "whoever commits cannibalism shall be punished with rigorous imprisonment for a term which may extend to 14 years with a fine of Rs 100,000, but in any case the imprisonment shall not be less than seven years."

The movers of both the bills have also sought pertinent changes on PPC by clearly mentioning the term of imprisonment and amount of fine and demanded that such cases be referred to Session Court instead of Magistrate of 1st or 2nd class.

The members had pleaded in favour of their bills that in recent past some instances of cannibalism had surfaced that direly needed appropriate legislation to punish those involved in this heinous crime.

The MNAs also quoted example of an incident at Bhakkar where a few person were alleged of cannibalism and during raid by police at one's not only the head of a dead child was recovered but he had also confessed to commit cannibalism.

"Therefore, we desire proper legislation on this issue with clearly defined punishment so that such incidents do not occur in future and safety and dignity of corpses and dead bodies is ensured," the members stated. The Speaker by hearing the arguments of the members, referred both the

bills to standing committees concerned for deliberation and bringing back to the House for legislation.

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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
Date:Oct 22, 2014
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