Bangladeshi's support new death penalty for rape

Bangladeshi's support new death penalty for rape”

Protesting against rape and violence against women, hundreds of women brought out a procession in Dhaka around midnight on Tuesday.

"The President assented the cabinet decision and issued an ordinance on the amendment of Nari O Shishu Nirjaton Daman Ain (Women and Children Repression Prevention Act)", a spokesman of the presidential palace Bangabhaban said.

The Premier joined the meeting from her official Ganabhaban residence while her cabinet colleagues got connected from the Bangladesh Secretariat through a videoconference.

For even though laws were made far more stringent in the wake of the Nirbhaya rape case, and the rapists were hanged seven years after they had committed the crime, it did not prove a deterrent, with cases being reported nearly daily from different parts of the country, including Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. They said that the provision of capital punishment for rape would also protect society from the scourge of sexual violence.

Answering to a query, he said, "It will definitely have a positive impact in the mind of the general people as the media is going to conduct a huge promotional campaign regarding the matter".

The government's introduction of the death penalty as a punishment for rape was condemned later Tuesday by Amnesty International as a "regressive step".

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He hinted that the draft law will help reducing the rape incidents.

The cabinet amended the country's Women and Children Repression Prevention Bill to include the death penalty as a punishment for convicted rapists.

As many as 4,541 rape cases have been reported Bangladesh in the past 16 years and the accused were punished in only 60 of these incidents, according to data from the tribunals. Currently, capital punishment is allowed in Bangladesh only in cases where the victim dies.

An investigation by an autonomous state body, the National Human Rights Commission, found the woman in the recent video had been raped repeatedly and terrorised with weapons by one of the group over the past year.

But as activists say, the culture of impunity is well engrained in society and they cite a United Nations report of 2013 which had found that 88 per cent of rural respondents and 95 per cent of urban respondents in Bangladesh said they faced no legal consequences after committing rape. In January the Bangladeshi government formed a commission in response to the growing number of rapes and sexual violence in the previous year. Even the conviction rates remain abysmally low. He also condemns the rapists saying they have no humanity. Â She said, nothing will change if the law remains on paper. We had been shouting for long time to the government to follow "Zero tolerance policy' about rape, she added".

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