Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid indicators ordinance on capital punishment in rape instances

DHAKA: Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid on Tuesday signed an ordinance elevating the utmost punishment in rape instances to demise from life imprisonment after a sequence of latest sexual assaults sparked nationwide protests.
The transfer comes a day after Bangladesh’s Cupboard accredited an modification to introduce the demise penalty for rape instances.
“The President assented the cupboard choice and issued an ordinance on Ladies and Youngsters Repression Prevention Act,” a presidential palace spokesman advised .
The legislation ministry later issued a press release, saying any longer the “demise penalty” as a substitute of “lifetime rigorous imprisonment” could be the utmost punishment for rape.
Bangladesh was rocked over the weekend by an unprecedented stage of protest after footage of a brutal gang assault on a girl went viral on social media. Demonstrators carried indicators studying “Hold the rapists” and “No mercy to rapists”.
The modifications to the legislation have been demanded by hundreds of demonstrators throughout the Muslim-majority nation calling for extra stringent punishments for the perpetrators of sexual assaults.
Police arrested eight suspects after the video of the assault went viral greater than a month after the assault occurred on the sufferer’s residence in Noakhali.
In a separate case, one other lady was allegedly gang-raped final week in a hostel within the northern district of Sylhet, resulting in the arrest of a number of members of the scholar wing of the ruling social gathering.
Protesters within the capital Dhaka and elsewhere have demanded stiffer punishments for rape, sooner trials for rapists and an finish to what they see as a tradition of impunity.
The modifications to the legislation have been demanded by hundreds of demonstrators throughout the Muslim-majority nation calling for extra stringent punishments for the perpetrators of sexual assaults.

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