Bangladesh has decided to permit the death penalty for confirmed rapists following several weeks of protests across the country over sexual assault.
On Monday, the primary cabinet of Bangladesh passed an amendment changing the highest penalty for convicted rapists from life incarceration to death, according to BSS (Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha), a state-run media agency of the country.
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The amendment of the new punishment will go into effect when it is passed by Abdul Hamid (President of Bangladesh). And the action is considered a formality.
Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha reported that Anisul Huq (the Law Minister) said that surely the law will be a deterrent to such disreputable crimes while they concurrently will make out struggles to expedite the trial procedures of the rape cases in the relevant courts.
Protests emerged across the country
The Bangladeshi government has dealt with calls to do more to stop sexual assault following the national scandal in the viral video clip of the bunch of men assaulting and doing sexual violence a woman in the south of the country.
Last week in a statement, the South Asia director at Human Rights, Meenakshi Ganguly, said that country’s women have had sufficient of the government’s miserable failure to manage consistent rape cases and sexual assaults.
She continued that the government of Bangladesh needs to finally follow good on its blank promises and heed activists’ calls to adopt a meaningful action to fight sexual assault and to support survivors.
Nearly 975 girls and women were faced sexual assaults in the early 9 months of this year in Bangladesh, according to a Bangladeshi legal aid organization and human rights (Ain o Salish Kendra), which is based in Dhaka (the capital city.
The novel penalty is unlikely to be broadly followed, and according to Human Rights Watch, the country has a highly less conviction rate for rape, and rape victims deal with a large number of difficulties to report sexual assaults.