South & Central Asia

Pakistan Law to Criminalise Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation

Posted By: • March 17th, 2016

According to the recently law passed by Pakistan, child sexual abuse and exploitation is now criminalised in the country. The key elements of the law include the following:

  • Age of criminal responsibility has been raised from seven to 10 years
  • Child pornography, which was previously not mentioned in the law, will be now punishable by seven years in prison and a fine of 700,000 rupees ($7000). So far only the acts of rape and sodomy were punishable by law. It also now provides a comprehensive definition
  • Child trafficking within Pakistan is now criminalised. Previously traffickers were only liable for punishment if they trafficked children out of the country.

This resource includes the Bill that was passed as a law. The copy of the law is yet to be made available in the public domain.

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