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GM Quader fears new rape law might be abused

Rape survivors and victims’ access to justice must be made easier by removing legal complexities, opines the JaPa chief

Update : 13 Oct 2020, 07:13 PM

Jatiya Party (JaPa) Chairman GM Quader has appreciated the government for introducing capital punishment for rape, but also stressed that special attention is needed to check the abuse of the new law.

“The government should pay special attention so that the new rape law is not abused. All those who are involved in the investigation and judicial process should remain very careful about making sure no innocent person is harmed by the law,” he said on Tuesday.

Quader made the remarks at a program at the party chairman’s Banani office. Some ruling party leaders and activists from Lalmonirhat joined JaPa at the program.

He said rape survivors and victims’ access to justice must be made easier by removing legal complexities.

He said perpetrators must be brought to justice within a specific time to get rid of a social disease like rape. “Effective steps by the state must also be taken to ensure legal assistance for rape victims.”

The JaPa chief thanked President Md Abdul Hamid for promulgating an ordinance toughening the punishment in rape cases to the death from life-term imprisonment.

He also greeted the prime minister and other cabinet members for approving a draft of the Women and Children Repression Prevention (Amendment) Bill, 2020 to make the death penalty as the highest punishment for the heinous crime on Monday.

In a statement on October 6, Quader had demanded that the act be amended for incorporating a provision of the death penalty for rapists.

He also demanded the government form a tribunal to complete the trial process of rape cases within three months and promptly execute the verdicts.

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