Bangladesh considering death penalty for rapists as protests flare REUTERS

Bangladesh considering death penalty for rapists as protests flare REUTERS

Dhaka: Protests rocked Bangladesh on Saturday as many people took to the streets to demand justice after a series of rapes and sexual assaults that have spurred the govt to hunt execution for offenders.

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Such incidents have surged in Bangladesh in recent years, with gang rapes accounting for quite a fifth of the nearly 1,000 attacks reported between January and September, says human rights group Ain-o-Salish Kendra.

“Hang the rapists,” shouted protesters gathered within the capital Dhaka et al. many students among them. Many carried placards bearing messages like “No mercy to rapists” and “Please tell me, am I next?”

This week’s protests have prompted the govt to think about introducing the execution for offenders, with the cupboard set to receive a proposal for urgent amendments on Monday.

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“We are making the proposal on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s orders,” Law Minister Anisul Huq told Reuters. “We want to form sure those that are guilty get the very best punishment.”

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