CHITRAL: The recent case of a senior cleric being involved in the act of sodomy by blackmailing a helpless student, highlights the importance of punitive and swift punishments for heinous crimes, if these are to be discouraged. The current system of justice and prosecution in Pakistan is heavily skewed in favour of the criminals and therefore there is a constant rise in the rate of such crimes.
Even in rare cases when the criminals are given death penalty, it is not adequately publicised. The offender is executed in darkness. In such a case the criminal dies but the crime remains alive.
Pakistan needs to adopt Islamic laws for serious social crimes. The complete Islamic penal code may not be able to be adopted at once but at least punishments for crimes like child rape, kidnapping for ransom, looting and plundering and other extreme offenses against the society can be put under the Islamic scimitar.
A person who deserves to be given death penalty should be hanged or beheaded in public. This will serve as a deterrent and criminals who have become very bold will think many times before committing such heinous crimes. The option available to the family of the victim in forgiving the criminal should also be taken away from them.
The world needs bold and speedy measures to arrest the increase in magnitude of horrendous crimes. If Islam can provide an answer, why not adopt it’s tenets regarding such crimes. Humanity will thank us if we promulgate the time tested law against terrorists of this kind. .. CN report, 19 Jun 2021