Otago Daily Times

Death penalty for rapists

- Crime · Society · Sexual Abuse · Violence and Abuse · Dhaka · Bangladesh

Dhaka: Bangladesh’s cab­i­net yes­ter­day ap­proved the death penalty for rapists amid na­tion­wide protests in the wake of a se­ries of gang rapes and sex­ual as­saults.

Bangladesh has had a surge of sex­ual crimes in re­cent years, with nearly 1000 in­ci­dents re­ported from Jan­uary to Septem­ber, ac­cord­ing to hu­man rights group Ain­o­Sal­ish Ken­dra.

Ex­perts said tougher penal­ties would not be enough to tackle the prob­lem and au­thor­i­ties needed to im­me­di­ately ad­dress sys­temic prob­lems in rape tri­als and the ex­tremely low con­vic­tion rates. — Reuters

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