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B Chy: Lifelong imprisonment for rapists of children under 12-years

  • Published at 07:17 pm July 18th, 2019
Dr AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury
File photo of President of Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh Dr AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury Collected

He said the rate of repression on women, and children is growing alarmingly for lack of its execution

AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury, former president and president of Bikalpadhara Bangladesh, has demanded an amendment to the existing Women and Children Repression Prevention Act by incorporating  "imprisonment until death" as a provision of punishment for the rapists of children under 12-year.

"Though our current Women and Children Repression Prevention Act is a very tough law, the rate of repression on women, and children is growing alarmingly for lack of its execution," he said.

He made this statement on a human-chain program, arranged by Bikalpadhara, demanding the proper execution of the Women and Children Repression Prevention Act, in front of the Jatiya Press Club, on Thursday.

Speaking at the program, Badruddoza said: "The government must consider making a provision of jail unto death, for those who will be convicted for raping children under the age of 12 years."

Badruddoza, also a former president, said the country's image is getting badly dented across the world for the alarming rise in rape incidents, and repression on children and women.

He also urged the President to make a commitment that he will not give clemency to those involved in rape cases.

The former president requested the media to prominently highlight the photos, and identities of rapists.

Besides, he said, steps will have to be taken for disposing trials, and appeals regarding rape cases, within the shortest possible time.

Badruddoza further said, restriction can be imposed on showing rape scenes on television, and films on social media.

He mentioned, rapists can be declared disqualified for any public, and private jobs in a bid to root out the menace from society. 

"Especially, the entry of rapists to any school, college, madrasa, and university should be restricted," he said.

B Chowdhury urged the law enforcers to remain further aware about the execution of law, and prevention of incidents of rape, and repression on women and children. 

He said:"The number of female members should be increased in the law enforcement agencies, and they should be properly trained, and empowered."

Later, he underscored the need for conducting vigorous camping against rape through the print, electronic, and social media.