Bangladesh: Protests Erupt Over Rape Verdict

(New York) – Women’s rights activists are protesting following the acquittal of all five men accused in an alleged gang-rape of two women in Dhaka in 2017, Human Rights Watch said today. The judge said that the police had failed to provide credible evidence. The conviction rate for rape in Bangladesh is below 1 percent.

On November 11, 2021, Judge Mosammat Kamrunnahar, presiding over the Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal-7, appeared to blame the victims for taking a month to report the crime, and, extraordinarily, recommended that the police refuse any rape case that comes in over 72 hours after the incident. In response, Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain suspended the judge on November 14. Law Minister Anisul Huq told the media that “the observation made by Judge Mosammat Kamrunnahar is absolutely unlawful and illegal as there is no time limit in the criminal justice system for recording case for committing this criminal offense.”

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