Rape rises for not ensuring quick punishment of criminals: HC
Published : Tuesday, 20 August, 2019 at 4:26 PM Count : 163
Crimes like rape are on the rise due to failure in ensuring quick and exemplary punishment to the perpetrators, said the High Court.
An HC bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Mostafizur Rahman came up with the observation on Tuesday in a written order rejecting bail petition of two rape accused.
In its observation, the HC said, "In recent times, committing heinous crimes like rape, particularly child rape and killing after rape continued to rise. “The state is mainly responsible for failure to ensure quick exemplary punishment to the perpetrators. The judiciary is not also above the accountability."
In the statement, the court said that the rape suspects in most cases are desperate and sly. They apply various tricky policy including threatening and putting pressure on the victim and their families to refrain from testifying.
"Sometimes, the suspects, in the name of arbitration, force the victims and their families to withdraw cases and refrain from giving depositions. There is no alternative to formulate a Witness Protection Law. We hope the government will enact a law soon in this regard.”
"A significant number of cases of rape and murder after rape are pending in the women and children repression prevention tribunals across the country. There are also 4/5 years old cases. The hearing dates are defferred repeatedly due to delay in framing charges and absence of state witness in court without any valid reasons, although section 20 (3)
in the Women and Children Repression Prevention Act 2000, mentions that a case must be disposed of within six months after receiving documents," it addded.
Two rape suspects-- Mohammad Rahel alias Raihan and Sekandar Ali- have filed bail petition with the HC after the lower court rejected their bail pleas. The HC also denied them bail with the observation.