Open nurture of rape on Facebook, what law says?...

Dhaka, Sunday   25 October 2020

Open nurture of rape on Facebook, what law says?

 MD Kawsar Ahmed

 Published: 10:23 PM, 18 October 2020  

Representational Photo

Representational Photo

Anti-rape campaigns are going on across the country. People of all professions of the country have responded to this campaign. Behind this reality, the psychological nurture of rape is going on Facebook. Rape is being practiced openly in various Facebook groups. Most of those involved are youths. And some adults are also supporting them. There are legal penalties for such crimes. Police are also taking actions against such cybercriminals.

Shatabdi Roy, this year's HSC candidate, sent a legal notice to reconsider the recent decision not to take the HSC exam making defendants the Ministry of Education, the Secretary of the Secondary and Higher Secondary Department, the Director General of the Department of Secondary and Higher Education and the Chairman of nine education boards. She also informed about the writ if she did not get proper reply. For this some male HSC candidates are posting vulgar comments against Shatabdi including rape threats. Thus the examinee has become a victim of cyberbullying.

Not only this incident, so many comments by online stalkers like these are expressing “the intention of rape” openly in social media.

According to psychiatrists, some perverted-minded men make derogatory remarks aimed at women directly online, including Facebook, for a variety of reasons, including the lack of respect for women from family education.

Mental health specialist Dr. Md. Akbar Hossain told Daily Bangladesh that it would not be right to say that the level of rape or its attitude has suddenly increased in the country. The number of rapists does not suddenly increase in any country. Many things are involved behind someone to be rapist. Lack of education in family regarding moral values leads to disrespectful attitude towards women.

“In our country, there are anti-rape protests on the highways as well as online or on Facebook. The big question now is how effective these protests are. Despite so many protests, the news of rape on the pages of newspapers is not decreasing. It is the duty of the family to teach boys to respect women in order to curb the mentality of male rape. At the same time, a woman needs to have a safe environment and the ability to recognize a trusted partner. Women also need to know the process of taking all kinds of initial steps to protect themselves in critical moments,” he said.

According to legal experts, threatening to rape a woman on Facebook, posting obscene pictures in a woman's Facebook timeline or post comments, making obscene remarks or discussing in a group aimed at a woman (cyber bullying) are criminal offenses. Adults convicted of these offenses will be sentenced to different terms if complained. Juveniles will be sent to correctional facilities for the same offenses.

Barrister MMG Sarwar, a Supreme Court lawyer, told Daily Bangladesh that those who would harass, humiliate a woman online, threaten to rape her, or make such obscene remarks would be subject to defamation or defamation. If the crime is proved, the offender has to be punished under the penal code. Posting obscene images of a woman in a timeline or comment box for the purpose of harassment on an online platform would be considered an offender under the Pornography Act. The offender could face up to seven years in prison.

Barrister MMG Sarwar also said that men would be punished under sections 6, 7, 8 and 13 of the Digital Security Act if they made obscene comments or discussions on Facebook. If convicted, he could face up to three years in prison and a fine.

People under the 18-year-old have ugly discussions or comments about women in various groups on Facebook. They exchange sexually-oriented pornographic conversations on Facebook groups. Regarding them, MMG Sarwar said that if the crime is proved, children under the age of 18 may be kept in the juvenile detention center for two to six years. At this time they will be counseled by a psychiatrist.

He said if a child is accused, the matter should be considered with utmost importance. The charges against him have to be cross-checked after his arrest. If the investigation finds evidence, the accused child will have to face trial in the juvenile court under the Children's Act.

He also said that many people do not come to seek justice due to fear or ignorance. Many conscious victims do not even appear to seek legal redress due to the length of the case.

Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Deputy Commissioner (Media) Walid Hossain said that the police have come to know about the vulgar or bad comments of men with distorted mentality towards women on various issues related to women on Facebook.

“Constructive discussions or comments can be made on Facebook. However, it is not acceptable to make any vulgar comments. These are crimes under the Digital Security Act. We have noticed some indecent of comments. We are working on this. Things will come to our notice more. We will take legal action in this regard,” he added.