The National Assembly passed a bill on Tuesday banning corporal punishment. And set out penalties for persons physically punishing children, in a development hailed by child rights organizations. Because Such organizations and activists who are working in child protection had impressed upon the parliament to pass the legislation urgently. These recent additions to the Pakistan Penal Code on child protection are:
Major Amendments of the Child Protection Bill
- A boy or girl under the age of fifteen would be consider a child.
- Parents could be sentence to three months in prison and a fine of up to Rs 50,000 if they neglect to raise their children.
- Someone who takes children for labor could face up to a month in prison.
- If someone hires children, he will face up to five years in prison. However, the fine will not be less than Rs 500,000.
- Violence against children is punishable by one month in prison and a fine of one million rupees. The fine will be use for the welfare of the children.
- Violence against children in educational institutions is a crime. That is punishable by one year in prison and a minimum fine of Rs 100,000.
- Abusing or having sex with children is a serious crime. That is punishable by death and a fine of up to Rs 10 million.
- Making pornographic films of innocent children and sharing them on Social media or posting on the internet is a serious crime, punishable by life imprisonment and a fine of up to Rs 10 million.