Death penalty for rape: gazette issued
Published: 12:41 AM, 14 October 2020
The government has published a gazette notification of the ordinance on the amendment of Nari O Shishu Nirjaton Daman Ain (Women and Children Repression Prevention Act), incorporating the provision of capital punishment for rape after a series of recent sexual assaults triggered protests.
The legislative and parliamentary affairs division of the law ministry published the gazette on Tuesday (October 13) afternoon.
Earlier in yesterday morning, President Md Abdul Hamid signed the ordinance.
As there was no session of the National Assembly, it has become law through an ordinance, it will be passed in the form of law when the Parliament session begins.
Earlier on Monday, the cabinet with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair approved the death penalty for rapists amid nationwide protests in the wake of a series of gang rapes and sexual assaults.
Following the amendment, "Lifetime Rigorous Imprisonment" mentioned in Section 9(1) of the Act would be replaced by "Death or Lifetime Rigorous Punishment".
It means the punishment for rape is death penalty or life imprisonment. Earlier, the punishment for rape was only life imprisonment.