Home minister advises awareness raising in people to prevent rape incidents
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is to inaugurate the distribution of electronic passports or e-passports in July, said Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan.
He disclosed the information exchanging views with the newly-elected committee of Bangladesh Secretariat Reporters Forum (BSRF) at the secretariat on Thursday, reports UNB.
BSRF President Tapan Biswas and General Secretary Shamim Ahmed were present at the event among others.
The e-passport has an embedded electronic microprocessor chip with biometric information which can be used to authenticate the identity of the bearer.
The minister said: "We have already issued 26 million machine readable passports and we are working with a renowned German company to produce the e-passports."
"We have already finished relevant work to launch e-passports. The distribution is set for inauguration in July if the prime minister can spare the time," he added.
When asked about allegations raised against Additional DIG of Police, Gazi Mozammel Haq, Asaduzzaman said Gazi registered land by force from a person and the police officer will be brought to book if he is found guilty.
Responding to another query, the minister said trials for many incidents cannot be concluded due to a backlog of cases.
The minister also spoke about a possible solution for the huge number of rape incidents: "Such immoral incidents have been occurring since the inception of human society. There have also been social preventions.
I urge everyone to help stop this menace. Criminals are being arrested but rape and killings will come down if there is greater consciousness raising in people."