Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) Sex offenders convicted of multiple rapes could face chemical castration in Pakistan after lawmakers on Wednesday passed new anti-rape legislation that aims to speed up convictions and impose tougher sentences.
It comes in response to a mass public outcry over a recent surge in rapes against women and children in the country, and growing demands to ensure justice for victims of sexual assault.
The bill states that Pakistan's government must establish special courts nationwide to expedite rape trials and ensure sexual abuse cases are decided "expeditiously, preferably within four months.".
Those found guilty of gang rape will be sentenced to death or life in prison.
Chemical castration is the use of drugs to reduce libido or sexual activity.
It is a legal form of punishment in countries including South Korea, Poland, the Czech Republic and in some US states. »