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Govt amending law with death penalty for rapists

  • Published at 11:55 pm October 8th, 2020
Dhaka Anti-rape protest
File photo: Students of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College (VNSC) demonstrating outside the main campus of the institution at the capital’s Baily Road area with anti-rape festoons and placards on Thursday, October 8, 2020, Mehedi Hasan

The draft of the proposed amendment to the Women and Children Repression Prevention Act 2000 will be tabled at the next cabinet meeting for approval, says law minister 

The Law Ministry is proposing the death penalty as the highest punishment for rape.

The draft of the proposed amendment to the Women and Children Repression Prevention Act 2000 will be tabled at the next cabinet meeting for approval.

“We took the initiative at the directive of the prime minister,” Law Minister Anisul Huq said on Thursday.

A series of rape incidents rocked Bangladesh in recent weeks triggering countrywide protests. According to Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK), between January and September this year, nearly 1,000 rape cases were reported, including 208 gang rapes.

“We’re proposing raising the highest punishment for rape to death penalty instead of life imprisonment,” the minister said noting that there will be some minor changes too.

He said that they are proposing the amendments but it is up to the cabinet to decide.

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