Bangladesh will introduce the death penalty for rape cases, after several high-profile sexual assaults prompted a wave of protests across the country in recent weeks.
Bangladesh to introduce death penalty for rape https://t.co/BtZFzzhlyv
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) October 12, 2020
Speaking to reporters on Monday, cabinet secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam confirmed that the cabinet had approved a bill ruling that anyone convicted of rape would be punished with death or “rigorous imprisonment” for life.
Bangladesh’s Cabinet on Monday approved an amendment changing the maximum punishment for convicted rapists from life imprisonment to death, according to state-run news agency Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS).
The new provision will go into effect once it is signed by Bangladeshi President Abdul Hamid. The step is considered a formality.
Bangladeshi women have had enough of the government’s abject failure to address repeated rapes and sexual assaults,” said Meenakshi Ganguly, South Asia director at Human Rights Watch, in a statement last week.
At least 975 women and girls were raped in the first nine months of 2020 in Bangladesh, according to Ain o Salish Kendra, a Bangladeshi human rights and legal aid organization based in capital city, Dhaka.
People are furious over this state in Bangladesh , And people took part in protests and expressed their views and thoughts on social media ,
So much hate and inhuman behavior in this world
— raffi niziblian (@raffiniziblian) October 12, 2020
— NDTV (@ndtv) October 12, 2020
P10132020 Bangladesh changed the maximum life in prison, to the #deathpenalty for #rapists after protests over sexual violence in the country. #HumanRightsWatch said the new punishment is unlikely to be widely applied; Bangladesh has extremely low conviction rates for rape pic.twitter.com/7mC9EsydK5
— The Day Today (@thedaytotwit) October 13, 2020
Protests at Shahbagh today against the epidemic of rape and gender-based violence in Bangladesh.
Video: Tahia Farhin Haque pic.twitter.com/7weywsSOIT
— Shuprova Tasneem (@ShuprovaTasneem) October 5, 2020
Arakanese protests in Dhaka against Myanmar 'massacre'
The Arakanese/Rakhine Community of Bangladesh has staged a protest in Dhaka against the killing, rape, arson attacks, and other crimes against humanity in Myanmar's Arakan.https://t.co/GhUgDJChQE pic.twitter.com/fClD5gl2fB
— Arakan War Victim Record (@awvr1) October 11, 2020