By Chris Kidd • 10 October 2020 • 13:18
Bangladesh considers the use of the death penalty for rapists and will look at amendments to current legislation as early as Monday.
Saturday saw Bangladesh hit by numerous protests as hundreds of people take to the streets in a call for justice for the victims of the reoccurring rape culture that has plagued the region.
These protests have caused the government to pursue capital punishment for convicted offenders.
Rape in Bangladesh has skyrocketed in recent years with incidents of gang rape accounting for more than a fifth of all case. In the period between January and September nearly 1,000 gang rape attacks occurred according to Ain-o-Salish Kendra, a human rights group.
Protestors have been seen screaming “Hang the rapists,” in the capital Dhaka with others carrying placards stating, “No mercy to rapists” and “Please tell me, am I next?”.
The Bangladeshi government cabinet will convene on Monday, October 11, to discuss the proposal which, if positively received, could see immediate, urgent amendments to current legislation.
“We are making the proposal on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s orders,” Law Minister Anisul Huq told Reuters. “We want to make sure those who are guilty get the highest punishment.”
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