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Police to hold countrywide rallies against rape Saturday

16 Oct 2020 11:39, Somoy English Desk
Police to hold countrywide rallies against rape Saturday
Police to hold countrywide rallies against rape Saturday

Bangladesh Police will hold rallies across the country on Saturday to create awareness against rape and violence against women.

The rallies will be held in 6,912 beat policing areas simultaneously from 10am maintaining recommended health guidelines around social distancing, said a press release of the Police Headquarters on Friday,  

Women, public representatives, teachers, mosque imams and people from different classes and professions will take part in the rallies, said the press release signed by Assistant Inspector General (Media and Public Relations) M Sohel Rana.

From the rallies, people will be urged to come forward to stop rape and violence against women and awareness will be raised against the heinous crime.

Rallies will be telecast live on Facebook pages of the respective beats.

Bangladesh recently saw waves of rape and violence against women, forcing the government to amend the law to mete out highest punishment to the perpetrators.

On Tuesday, it introduced the death penalty for rape amid growing demand for highest punishment to the rapists following high level of sexual violence against women.

President Abdul Hamid promulgated the Children Repression Prevention (Amendment) Ordinance directly making it into law.

The move to amend the law came amid the growing demand for capital punishment for rapists from different quarters following a spate of rape incidents in the country. 

The gang-rape of a young woman after confining her husband to an MC College dormitory in Sylhet and the brutal gang assault on a woman after being stripped in Noakhali triggered angry protests across the country.

Protesters galvanised by the two incidents demanded that the highest punishment for rape be death sentence.

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