by Our Correspondent in Dhaka;-
Bangladesh has been contemplating for introduction of capital punishment to deal with the rising number of rape incidents, sexual assaults and violence on children and women in the South Asian country.
Law and Justice Minister Anisul Huq on Thursday said that the government would bring amendments to the Women and Children Repression Act, which is dealing with the crimes related to repression on women and children since its enactment in 2000.
The law stipulates maximum life in prison for rapist.
“We are preparing the draft for amendment to the law,” the law minister said adding that he was instructed by the Prime Minister to do so.
The draft is likely to get the government’s nod at the weekly meeting of the cabinet scheduled for Monday. The daft will then be placed in parliament as a bill to get it passed by the House.
The instruction came in the wake of a nationwide protest joined by tens of thousands of people demanding capital punishment for the rapists in speedy trial courts.
The protest began Monday after report that a woman was stripped and sexually assaulted by a gang linked to the ruling party in southern Noakhali district. The crime was filmed by the gang and then posted online to further harass the 37-year old woman.
Police have arrested most of the nine accused in the case filed by the victim. More rape incidents were reported by the media in different parts of the country.
Non-governmental organization Ain o Salish Kendra reported that at least 975 women were raped in the first nine month of the year.