Bangladesh sentences 5 males to demise for 2012 gang rape of sweet sixteen


Courtroom order comes days after authorities launched demise penalty for rape amid rising anger over sexual violence.

A Bangladesh court docket has sentenced 5 males to demise for the 2012 gang rape of a 15-year-old woman, amid rising public anger over rampant sexual violence.

The sentence was handed down within the northern district of Tangailby on Thursday by a particular tribunal set as much as take care of instances of abuse towards ladies and kids, the AFP information company reported.

Prosecutor Nasim Ahmed mentioned the sufferer’s boyfriend took her to a riverside spot the place she was raped by him and two associates. Two others helped them.

“All 5 had been discovered responsible and have been sentenced to demise,” Ahmed informed AFP.

It was the primary conviction for the reason that authorities of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina this week launched the demise penalty for rape.

Feminine activists and college students participate in a torch procession demanding ladies’s security and justice for rape victims in Dhaka [Mohammad Ponir Hossain/Reuters]

Final week, demonstrations broke out throughout the nation after harrowing footage of a gaggle of males stripping and attacking a lady went viral on social media.

Anger over the problem had been simmering since final month when members of the governing occasion’s scholar wing – Bangladesh Chhatra League – had been arrested and charged in a separate gang rape case.

Protesters within the capital and elsewhere have demanded harsher punishments, sooner trials and an finish to what they see as a tradition of impunity for intercourse crimes.

Solely about 3 % of rape instances finish in convictions, activists mentioned.

At the very least 208 instances of gang rape – a fifth of a complete of almost 1,000 instances – had been reported within the first 9 months of this yr, in line with Ain o Salish Kendra, a neighborhood rights group.

Bangladesh has hanged 23 folks since 2013, whereas no less than one other 1,718 are on demise row.

Rights activists have criticised the introduction of the demise sentence for rape, saying it won’t scale back violence towards ladies.

“This regressive step is a fig leaf that deflects consideration from the dearth of actual motion to handle the appalling brutality confronted by so many Bangladeshi ladies,” Amnesty Worldwide mentioned.

“Executions perpetuate violence, they don’t stop it.”