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Dhaka, Wednesday   16 June 2021

Rape-torture on rise due to lack of punishment: HC

 Staff Correspondent daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 10:27 PM, 3 June 2021  

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The High Court has commented that the incidence of torture, rape and videotaping of the intimating moment is increasing at an alarming rate as there is no exemplary punishment under the Pornography Act.

A virtual bench comprising Justice Md. Mojibur Rahman Mia and Justice Md. Kamrul Hossain Mollah made such remarks at the hearing of the rule on Thursday in the case of torturing a woman undressed in her homes in Noakhali, Begumganj. 

The court remarked that the rate of punishment against those responsible under the Pornography Control Act is “low”. When the video of rape and torture is spread, the abused women and their families are “adversely affected”.

Barrister Anik R Haque, a lawyer at the Law and Arbitration Center, questioned the mobile court’s jurisdiction over the spread of pornography and video during the hearing.

“The SI and ASI of the concerned Begumganj Police Station could not avoid liability for torturing women by stripping her naked in Begumganj, Noakhali,” the court said.

The hearing on the report of the High Court has started today. The court has fixed next Thursday (June 10) for the next hearing in the case without concluding the hearing.

Earlier on October 5, 2020, the High Court directed the BTRC to remove video footage from online attempted rape and torture of a housewife in Begumganj, Noakhali.

At the same time, the court directed the BTRC to copy the video to a CD or pen drive. The BTRC chairman was asked to implement these instructions.

The court also directed the Noakhali SP to provide adequate security to the victim’s family till the criminal case filed in the incident is settled.

The High Court has constituted a committee to look into whether the police had any negligence in taking the victim’s statement about the incident. The Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) of Noakhali has asked the district social service officer and the principal of the local Chaumuhani Government SA College to investigate the incident. The report had to be submitted to the Registrar of the High Court within 15 working days after the inquiry.

The High Court has also issued rules along with several orders. The court wanted to know why the rule would not direct the Begumganj OC and Begumganj Police Station officials to take appropriate legal and departmental action for negligence in protecting the woman and taking swift action against the miscreants.

The Home Ministry Secretary, Noakhali Deputy Commissioner and Begumganj Upazila Executive Officer have been asked to respond to the rule.

Earlier, a video of a housewife being stripped naked and tortured in Noakhali’s Begumganj upazila went viral on social media. Later the news was published in the newspapers. These reports were brought to the notice of the High Court by Supreme Court lawyers ZI Khan Panna and Abdullah Al Mamun.

The matter came to light on October 4 after the video went viral on social media 32 days after the incident. So far, four people have been arrested in the case.