Dhaka – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has stressed for enactment of tougher laws with provision of stringent punishment to prevent incidents of rape after such ‘heinous crimes’ stirred social outcry across Bangladesh in the past weeks.
“Such a heinous crime is never acceptable,” said Hasina, also the Leader of the House, during her winding-up speech of the budget session in parliament on Thursday.
The Prime Minister referred to the recent incidents of rape, especially reports of child rape, and issued a warning against such an offence saying her government will do everything necessary to bring the criminals to justice.
Rape and murder of a minor girl in Dhaka’s old part last week prompted protest calling for stopping such incidents. Many students at Dhaka University campus on rallies demanded speedy execution of such criminals in the public to stop the social vice.
They said the flawed judicial system took much time and the accused in most cases try to use the loopholes of the law.
Bangladesh has recorded 496 cases of alleged child rape, including 53 involving gang rape, so far this year, according to a national coalition called the Bangladesh Child Rights Forum.
The forum in a statement released on July 8 showed that the number of rape incidents were on rise. It compared 571 incident of rape in the whole of 2018.
The Prime Minister while delivering her speech in parliament also said the social crimes like unleashing beastly torture on the children and killing people or children in words have increased.
“When such a crime is committed, it’s video and information surface,” she said.
The Prime Minister urged those involved in the media to show the picture of the rapist repeatedly.
“I’ll tell those involved in print and electronic media to show the picture of the rapist time and again so that he (rapist) feels shame for the offence,” she said.
She also called upon the male community alongside the womenfolk to be vocal against such a crime.
“Why only the females will protest against the rape. The matter is also a shame for the male community as they are committing such a crime. So they’ll have to be more vocal against it,” she said.
Hasina in her valedictory speech also spoke about other issues like spreading of dengue fever, price hike of gas and age limit for the government jobs and the country’s development in various sectors.