Bangladesh government has planned to introduce capital punishment in rape cases as protests have erupted across the country over the recent incidents of sexual violence against women.
Law Minister Anisul Huq told newsman on Thursday that a proposal for the legal amendment will be placed at a cabinet meeting on October 12.
“We are making the proposal on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s orders. We will propose an amendment to the penalty in the current law by including capital punishment for rapists,” said.
Different organisations have been protesting in Dhaka’s Shahbagh and other parts of the country since Tuesday over the assault of a woman in Noakhali and the rape of another in Sylhet’s MC College.
‘Bangladesh Against Rape’, a platform of student groups, has called for a rally at Shahbagh on Friday.