Bangladesh is set to allow the death penalty for convicted rapists after weeks of protests over sexual violence in the country.
According to reports, Bangladesh has an extremely low conviction rate for rape, and victims face myriad difficulties in reporting sexual crimes and pursuing legal cases against alleged attackers.
Bangladesh’s Cabinet on Monday approved an amendment changing the maximum punishment for convicted rapists from life imprisonment to death.
Bangladesh’s government has faced calls to do more to prevent sexual violence amid national outrage over a viral video of a group of men attacking and sexually assaulting a woman in the country’s south,
Moreover, 975 women and girls had been raped in the first nine months of 2020 in Bangladesh
The new provision will go into effect once it is signed by Bangladeshi President Abdul Hamid.