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Following protests, Bangladesh Cabinet approves death penalty in rape cases

By Rajan Nath -- October 12, 2020 6:10 pm -- Updated:Feb 15, 2021

Following several sexual assaults incident that triggered protests on streets and social media, the Bangladesh Cabinet on Monday approved the death penalty in rape cases, a report said.

As per the report, the spokesman of Bangladesh Cabinet, Khandaker Anwarul Islam, said that the President Abdul Hami might issue an ordinance amending the Women and Children Repression Prevention Act as Parliament was not in session.

Bangladesh Cabinet approves death penalty in rape cases

There have been no details about the amendment but Islam said that the Cabinet has approved the proposal, according to which the trials in Bangladesh rape cases be completed in a speedy manner.

According to the current law, the maximum punishment in rape cases is life imprisonment excluding the cases in which the rape victim dies.

Bangladesh Cabinet approves death penalty in rape cases

Several sexual attacks in recent weeks have triggered protests in Dhaka demanding the death penalty in rape cases.

Meanwhile, the local human rights groups said that rape in the country has been increasing.

Bangladesh Cabinet approves death penalty in rape cases

A women's rights group said that around 889 rapes including gang rapes took place between January and August in which at least 41 victims died.

The protests broke out in the country after a video of a group of men stripping and attacking a woman in a southeastern district went viral on social media.

The National Human Rights Commission during an investigation found that the woman in the video was raped repeatedly over the last year.

educareIn another case, a woman was dragged and gang-raped. The Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had said that she would bring the convicts to justice.

-PTC News

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