Punishment of rape has been extended to the death penalty. Bangladesh has introduced the death penalty for rape amid growing demands for the death penalty for rapists following high levels of sexual violence against women.
From now on, the maximum punishment for rape will be life imprisonment under the new law, which has come into effect. which included the death penalty as the maximum punishment for rape. The move to amend the law came amid growing demands from various quarters for the death penalty for rapists after a series of horrific incidents.
The President has signed an ordinance to suppress the abuse of women and children with the provision of the death penalty as the maximum punishment for rape. As there was no session of the National Assembly, it became law through an ordinance. Now as per the rules, it will be passed in the form of law when the Parliament session starts. As a result, amendments have made to the existing sections of the existing Women and Child Abuse Prevention Act.
The new ordinance Regarding punishment of Rape issued by the President order contains –
According to Section 9 (1) of the 2000 Act on Suppression of Violence against Women and Children, Rape, Death Penalty for Rape, etc. states that the maximum punishment for rape in Bangladesh has so far been life imprisonment.
However, if a rape victim dies or a child or a woman or child dies or is injured in a gang rape, the maximum punishment is death or life imprisonment. In both cases, there is a provision of a minimum fine of one lakh.
The law has amended to provide for the death penalty or life imprisonment only if rape proved. There is also a provision of fine.
Section 32 of the Ordinance has amended to replace the words ‘medical examination of the victim’ and ‘accused’ and ‘medical examination of the victim. In other words, from now on the person who has raped will have to undergo a medical examination as well as a medical examination against the accused.
Deadline for the trial of the case, ‘It has been decided to complete the trial within 180 days under Section 20 (3) of the previous Act. The investigative justice system mentions everything. The Tribunal for the Suppression of Violence against Women and Children will try to conclude within 180 days. If the judge transferred for any reason, there will be any delays. For this reason, if a judge leaves, he will leave the case in the same condition in which he will leave the case.