DHAKA – The government of Bangladesh has announced the death penalty for those convicted of rape in the country.
According to the country’s Minister of Law and Justice, Anisul Huq, the decision was approved by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at a cabinet meeting.
The sanction was announced on October 12, after which the Prime Minister of Bangladesh was criticized by his own party and the opposition.
There were reports of protests across the country in Bangladesh after a woman was stripped and sexually assaulted by a group of men in a southern village.
The video of the incident went viral. The police arrested eight suspects a month after the crime. Then hundreds of Bangladeshis took to the streets and protested.
According to human rights activists, at least 1,000 rapes were reported in Bangladesh this year.