Direction for disposal of rape cases in 180 days
Published: 02:11 PM, 12 October 2020 Updated: 03:53 PM, 12 October 2020
Cabinet Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam
The cabinet has decided to complete the trial proceedings of the rape case within 180 days.
Cabinet Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam confirmed the information on Monday after a meeting at the secretariat.
The cabinet approved the draft of the Women and Children Repression Prevention (Amendment) Bill, 2020 with a provision of the death penalty as the highest punishment for rape, he said.
Since Parliament is not in session now, the bill can be turned into law in the format of an ordinance, the cabinet secretary said adding that the President may promulgate the Women and Children Repression Prevention (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020 exercising the power bestowed in the Article 93 (1) of the Constitution.
The approval came from the weekly Cabinet meeting held virtually with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair. The Prime Minister joined the meeting through a videoconference from Ganobhaban, while other cabinet members got connected from the Bangladesh Secretariat.