Death penalty for rapists: Ordinance tomorrow...

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Death penalty for rapists: Ordinance tomorrow

 Staff Correspondent daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 12:37 PM, 12 October 2020   Updated: 02:50 PM, 12 October 2020

Law Minister Anisul Haq; File Photo

Law Minister Anisul Haq; File Photo

Approval of the draft law on ‘Prevention of Violence against Women and Children Act 2000’ will be issued in the form of an ordinance on Tuesday with the provision of death penalty as the maximum punishment for rape.

The information was given by Law Minister Anisul Haq after the Cabinet gave its final approval to the draft law on Monday.

“The draft will be issued tomorrow in the form of an ordinance. That means it will become law from tomorrow. Before that, it will have legal verification (vetting),” he said.

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According to law ministry sources, the President will issue it in the form of an ordinance as there is no session of the Jatiya Sangsad at the moment.

The maximum punishment for rape, under the existing law, is life imprisonment, now it has been made death penalty or life imprisonment, Law Minister Anisul Haq said. 

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