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PM: Toughest punishment for sexual harassment

  • Published at 11:22 am April 30th, 2019
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina speaks at a session of the 11th Parliament on Monday, April 29, 2019 PID

The parliament unanimously adopted a resolution urging all countries to put up resistance against terror attacks and sexual harassment

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said the government will mete out maximum punishment to sexual harassers, to prevent the growing incidents of sexual harassment. 

If necessary, tougher laws will be enacted, she added, reports UNB. 

"There will be no mercy for those involved in sexual harassment," Sheikh Hasina said at Monday's session at the Jatiya Sangsad. "If necessary, tougher laws will be enacted. 

Pointing at the brutal murder of the Feni Alim examinee and madrasa student, Nusrat Jahan Rafi, she added: "The government will mete out maximum punishment to those who commit such crimes." 

Monday's session was a discussion on a resolution placed in Parliament urging parliaments, governments and citizens of all the countries of the world to put up resistance against terror incidents and sexual harassment. 

Mentioning that militancy and terrorism are not only problems of Bangladesh but also global problems, Sheikh Hasina said her government will do whatever  is necessary to combat the menaces.

Treasury bench MP, Tofail Ahmed, placed the proposal in the House, which was passed by voice vote after a nearly four-hour marathon discussion on it. 

In the resolution, the Jatiya Sangsad expressed its deep hatred and anger at the huge casualties in the

terror attacks in New Zealand Christchurch mosques and Sri Lankan churches and hotels. 

The Sangsad also condemned the acts of sexual harassment committed towards Nusrat, and her consequent brutal murder by burning her to death in Sonagazi upazila of Feni.

The prime minister renewed her call to the people of the country, asking them to inform intelligence agencies instantly if they come to know about any suspicious activity, in order to tackle militancy and terrorism in the country. 

"I would like to urge the people of country to inform our intelligence agencies instantly if you sense any abnormal activity, so that we can face it and save people's lives and property," she said. 

Calling Nusrat a brave girl, the prime minister said Nusrat neither bowed down to injustice nor agreed to withdraw the case filed against the principal of her madrasa, Sirajaddaula, who instructed her to be killed.   

"After the incident, efforts were made to tarnish Nusrat's character. She was burnt to death for showing this courage," she said. 

"Some leaders of our party were associated with this principal. I instantly directed the police, telling them I do not want to hear who belonged to which party. 

"Criminals are criminals. They [the leaders] were arrested immediately. Such incidents can never be accepted," she added. 

Sheikh Hasina said the government is firm on taking action against those involved, regardless of their political affiliations or views. 

Later, Parliament unanimously adopted the resolution urging parliaments, governments and citizens of all countries of the world to put up resistance against terror incidents and sexual harassment. 

Awami League MPs Amir Hossain Amu, Mohammad Nasim, Meher Afroze, Shajahan Khan, Mahbubul Alam Hanif, Moyeen Uddin Khan Badal and Aroma Dutta; Opposition Chief Whip Mashiur Rahman Ranga; Jatiya Party MPs Fakhrul Imam, Kazi Firoz Rashid and Dr Rustum Ali Faraji; Workers' Party president Rashed Khan Menon and Jasod MP Shirin Akter, among others, participated in the discussion over the resolution.