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HC: Moral degradation behind rape incidents

  • Published at 10:43 am April 17th, 2019
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Students, teachers, governing bodies, and politicians have to be more aware to prevent these incidents

Moral degradation is responsible for repeated rape incidents occurring across the country, the High Court has observed.

The High Court bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader came up with the observation on Tuesday, while hearing a writ petition filed over the rape and suicide of a woman in Subarnachar upazila of Noakhali, reports UNB.

Every day, newspaper reports show how women of all ages—from children to mothers of six—are falling victim to rape, in different parts of the country, the court said. 

"To avoid such incidents: educational institutions, their teachers, students, politicians, and the elite of the society have to become aware," it said.

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The court said, despite reported allegations of sexual assault against Sonagazi Madrasa Principal, Md Sirajaddaula, the governing body failed to take any action against him. "Nusrat's murder would not have happened, had the governing body not pampered him."

Students, teachers, governing bodies, and politicians have to be more conscious in this regard, the High Court bench said.  

A woman was raped at Charmaksumul village in Subarnachar upazila, on March 2 last year. In spite of catching the rapist red-handed, the matter was later settled with a compensation of Tk60,000, as it was alleged the woman had been involved in an extramarital affair.

Later, the woman committed suicide.