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The Government of Bangladesh has accepted a modification which may allow the demise penalty in rape circumstances.

According to the details, the switch received right here after nationwide demonstrations sparked by a sequence of sexual assaults. The nation was rocked over the weekend by an unprecedented stage of protest. 

Demonstrators carried indicators learning “Hang the rapists” and “No mercy to rapists”. In the capital Dhaka, a mock gallows was erected by protesters.

According to information not lower than 1,000 rapes have been reported in Bangladesh these 12 months, nevertheless, many circumstances go unreported because of the girl’s concern they’ll be stigmatized. 

The information moreover confirmed that solely 3% of circumstances concerning violence in direction of girls and kids finish in a conviction in Bangladesh, in response to a 2019 report by the Women and Children Repression Prevention tribunal from 5 districts.

The Secretary of the cabinet division, Khandker Anwarul Islam talked about that the draft of the Women and Children Repression Prevention (Amendment) Bill had been accepted and a provision for the demise penalty was built-in.

“Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has given the emphasis on completing trials of rape cases within the stipulated timeframe as well,” talked about Khandker Anwarul Islam.

Law On Rape In Bangladesh

The punishment for rape will rely upon the sort of rape which has been devoted, as per half 9 of the Suppression of Violence Against Women and Children Act 2000.

The punishment for single perpetrator rape is compulsory life imprisonment beneath half 9(1).

For rape adopted by murder and gang rape, the punishment could also be life imprisonment beneath half 9(2) or the demise penalty beneath 9(3).

The punishment for attempt to rape beneath half 9(4) could very effectively be one thing between 5 to 10 years imprisonment.

Now the federal authorities has merely modified half 9(1) and launched the demise penalty as the perfect punishment as an alternative to life imprisonment.

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