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Dhaka, Wednesday   28 October 2020

Rape victims will get convicted rapists’ wealth: Cabinet secy

 Staff Correspondent daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 04:02 PM, 12 October 2020   Updated: 04:07 PM, 12 October 2020

Cabinet Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam; File Photo

Cabinet Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam; File Photo

Although the rapist has been convicted, there is a provision in the law for the rape victim to get the convicts’ property, said Cabinet Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam.

He said this at a press briefing at the Secretariat after the cabinet meeting on Monday. 

Earlier in the morning, the Cabinet gave final approval to the draft of the amended ’Prevention of Women and Children Repression Act 2000’ with the provision of the death penalty as the maximum punishment for rape.

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The virtual meeting was chaired by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. The Prime Minister attended the virtual meeting from Ganobhaban while other members of the Cabinet were present from the Secretariat.

Khandaker Anwarul Islam said that there is also the issue of compensation (in the law) and the judges should look into it. Article 15 deals with fines, i.e. the victim will get the wealth from the convicted person or from his existing assets.

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Asked how many days the rape case should be completed, he said it was decided to be completed within 180 days. “It covers everything from investigations and judicial procedures. The Women and Child Abuse Tribunal will do this,” he added.  

Mentioning that if the judge is transferred for any reason, there is a lot of delays, the Secretary said that even if a judge is transferred for this purpose, the case will have to be continued.

“This amendment is not just in the context of the movement, we have seen the overall situation in different countries,” he also said, adding, “This decision has come together with our current situation. It has also been discussed by the government.” 

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Anwarul Islam said the amendment would have a positive impact on the general public. “Those who would think of committing such a crime would at least think of the death penalty,” he added.