Banggladesh has imposed the ultimate penalty for crimes of rape to arrest the rising incidence in the crime in the Asian country
The Bangladesh Cabinet on Monday, October 12, upgraded the penalty of the offence in rape cases from life imprisonment to death after a series of recent sexual assaults triggered protests.
Spokesman of the Cabinet, Khandaker Anwalrul Islam said President Abdul Hamid is expected to issue an ordinance ammending the Women and Children Repression Prevention Act on Tuesday.
Details of the ammendment are not immediately available, however Islam said the Cabinet agreed to a proposal that trials in rape cases be completed in a speedy manner. Bangladesh’s judicial system is reputedly very slow and cases often take years to be conclusive.
Law Minister Anisul Huq who confirmed the development, said the President is expected to issue the ordinance on Tuesday.
The capital, Dhaka, has suffered protests triggered by series of violent sexual attacks in recent weeks.
Human rights groups say rapes have escalated in the country, with 889 cases reported between January and August, including 41 victims who died.
A women’s rights group Ain-o-Salish Kendra, , said many more cases remain unreported because of fears of harassment by influential people.
Protests broke out few days ago after a video of a group of men stripping and attacking a woman in a southeastern district went viral through Facebook.
An investigation by the country’s National Human Rights Commission found the woman in the video had been raped repeatedly and terrorized over the last year.
In another incident, a woman was dragged into a college dorm from a car during a travel with her husband and was gang raped. Several members of the ruling Awami League’s student wing were arrested.