death penalty for rape

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The draft law on the suppression of violence against women and children, with the provision of death penalty as the maximum punishment for rape, was finally approved by the cabinet in the form of a presidential ordinance on Tuesday (October 13th). As there was no session of the National Assembly, it was implemented through an ordinance.

Earlier on Monday (October 12th), the cabinet gave final approval to the draft of the Prevention of Violence against Women and Children (Amendment) Ordinance, 2000, with the provision of death penalty as the maximum punishment for rape.

Apart from keeping the death penalty as the maximum punishment for rape, two more amendments are being brought in the law. One of these is that in the case of a dowry beating (Article 11-c) a minor injury will be compromised. In addition, the Children’s Act 2013 will be replaced by the Children’s Act-1974 (Section 20-6) of this Act.

After the recent video of a woman being tortured in Noakhali went viral on Facebook, there was a storm of anti-rape movement across the country including the capital. Various programs including human chain, protest procession have been going on for the last 7 days.

From these programs came the demand for the death penalty, the maximum punishment for rape. In such a situation, the government took steps to change the law. According to the government, the movement against rape has demanded the death penalty, so the government has taken it into consideration.

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