Bangladesh has launched the dying penalty for rape after days of protests sparked by a string of sexual assaults.
Demonstrations broke out throughout the nation after footage of a bunch of males stripping and attacking a lady went viral on social media.
The prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, additionally confronted an outcry inside the ruling occasion’s ranks over her perceived inaction.
On Monday the federal government accepted the capital punishment proposal at a gathering in Dhaka.
The justice minister, Anisul Huq, mentioned the legislation could be put in force by the president on Tuesday.
Beforehand the utmost punishment for rape was life imprisonment.
Nationwide anger over the difficulty has been simmering since final month when members of the ruling occasion’s pupil wing have been arrested and charged in a separate gang-rape case.
Protesters within the capital, Dhaka, and elsewhere have demanded stiffer punishments for rape, quicker trials for rapists and an finish to what they see as a tradition of impunity.
Some have additionally referred to as for Hasina’s resignation, an uncommon present of public defiance in a rustic the place open criticism of the prime minister has grow to be more and more uncommon.
Rallies continued on Monday in central Dhaka regardless of heavy monsoon rains, with a whole bunch of individuals condemning the current arrest of pupil leaders by authorities trying to suppress the protests.
Bangladesh has hanged 23 individuals since 2013, and a minimum of one other 1,718 are on dying row, in accordance with an area rights group.