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BNP: Rape incidents on the surge due to lax law enforcement

  • Published at 06:46 pm July 12th, 2019
BNP Standing Committee member Selima Rahman Collected

Criminal acts are growing for lack of an independent judiciary and justice, says a party leader

BNP Standing Committee member Selima Rahman has alleged that rape incidents have increased in Bangladesh due to lack of law enforcement since the government is regulating the judiciary.

Selima said while speaking at the council of Bangladesh Chhatra Mission, the student body of Labour Party, at the National Press Club on Friday, reports UNB.

She said: "The incidents of rape have turned acute as the government has completely shattered the judiciary. From a child to an octogenarian, no one is being spared. Children have no security.

"Criminal acts are growing for lack of an independent judiciary, and justice. No judge can deliver verdict neutrally since the judiciary is being controlled by the Prime Minister's Office."

The BNP leader said a Pabna court recently gave an absurd verdict sentencing nine people to death and jailing 25 others for life in a case over an incident happened 25 years back.

“The court gave capital punishment for an incident where even no one was injured. Who will we trust? We count on judges for justice, but what is going on in the name of trial?” the BNP leader questioned.

She alleged that the government is imposing a big burden of tax and VAT on people and cutting their pockets by hiking the gas price.

Selima also criticized Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for her comment that gas tariff has been increased for the sake of country’s development, saying the government must ensure the security of people and their welfare.

“We also want the country to be developed. But people’s development cannot be left for infrastructural development,” she observed. 

The BNP leader said it is the responsibility of the state to ensure people’s fundamental rights like food, clothing, shelter and security. “The government is indifferent to people’s these rights since it has been in power without people’s mandate.” 

Selima came down hard on Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader for asking BNP to free Khaleda through a movement if the party is brave enough. “Such tall talks do not suit you. You would not have arranged the national election at the night of December 29 had you been so much courageous.” 

She alleged that the ruling party leaders are making unguarded remarks as they have got isolated from people. 

The BNP leader also accused the government of trying to kill ailing Khaleda Zia in jail as it fears her popularity. 

She called upon the people of all walks of life to get united to have Khaleda freed from jail though a strong movement.