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Attack on anti-rape long march leaves 8 wounded in Feni

17 Oct 2020 17:18, Somoy English Desk
Attack on anti-rape long march leaves 8 wounded in Feni
Attack on anti-rape long march leaves 8 wounded in Feni

The long-march programme from Dhaka to Noakhali’s Begumganj upazila protesting the growing incidents of rape, sexual harassment and violence against women and the culture of impunity came under attack in Feni on Saturday morning, leaving eight demonstrators injured.

The attack took place in Cumilla bus stand area of the district town around 11am.

Earlier, the demonstrators held their stump rally at the foot of the Shaheed Minar in the town.

The protesters, including left-leaning parties, students, youth and rights activists, started their long march under the banner of "Dharshan O Bicharhinotar Biruddhe Bangladesh" (Bangladesh against rape and impunity) on Friday morning to press home their nine-point demand.

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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