BANGLADESH: Law to Speed up Rape Trials Sought in Bangladesh

Saturday, January 12, 2013
News Desk in Dhaka/The Daily Star | Asia News Network
Southern Asia
PeaceWomen Consolidated Themes: 
Sexual and Gender-Based Violence

In the wake of several recent rape incidents, a group of lawyers in Bangladesh yesterday demanded formulation of a new law to set up speedy trial tribunals for expeditious trial of rape cases.

Terming rape a "social disease", they also emphasised building awareness and social movement against sexual harassment and repression of women.

The lawyers, from both the High Court and lower courts, were addressing a human chain formed in front of Jatiya Press Club in the capital.

South Asian Lawyers' Forum (SALF), a human rights body, organised the event with its President Sheikh Salahuddin Ahmed in the chair.

As per reports of Odhikar, a rights body, as many as 760 women and children were raped between January and November last year. The number was higher than past years.

Several rape incidents, particularly the gang-rape of a girl in Tangail and rape of a girl in Savar, created a public outcry. Hazera Amran Azra, joint secretary of SALF, among others, spoke.