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BNP: Rape culture growing due to impunity

  • Published at 10:21 pm May 11th, 2019
Ruhul Kabir Rizvi speaks at a human-chain programme UNB

Rizvi claimed that most of the offenders who rape and commit violence against women, children belong to Awami League

BNP has alleged that the incidents of repression on women and children are growing as the offenders are going unpunished onpolitical ground.

"Though both the prime minister and the speaker (of parliament) in Bangladesh are women, it is regrettable that repression of women continues unabated.

"The government is responsible for eliminating the repression, but we see, sometimes it rather pampers the offenders," said BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, while addressing the press at a human-chain program in Dhaka on Saturday.

Jatiyatabadi Mohila Dal formed the human chain, in front of BNP’s Nayapaltan central office, demanding the highest punishment for those who raped and killed a private hospital nurse, Shahinur Akter Tania, in Kishoreganj’s Bajitpur upazila, reports UNB.

The BNP leader also alleged that, most of the offenders who indulge in rape and violence against women, and children belong to Awami League, saying: "They are let off the hook for their political identity."

Rizvi also alleged that the government cannot restrict serious social crimes like rape, as the ruling party men are not getting punishment for these offences.

Rizvi urged the government to enforce the law, and ensure exemplary punishment for those involved in repression of women and children, in order to contain the social menace.

He alleged that, the government has destroyed democracy by snatching people’s basic rights, including the right to expression.

The BNP leader said: "Khaleda Zia has been kept in jail in false cases only for raising her voice in favour of democracy, and people’s rights.