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Rape: Law being violated despite HC directives

Published : Monday, 16 September, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 930

Legal experts on Sunday said despite the government circular and High Court directives there is still violation of law due to lack of awareness.
Justice Md Nizamul Huq, retired Justice of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh and Chief Legal Adviser of BLAST said people should be aware of the High Court directives and govt circularto ensure the implementation of the law.
The suggestion came during a view-exchange meeting between journalists and legal experts. The meeting was organized by BLAST at its meeting room.
At the view-exchange meeting legal experts made references to three cases include - Rape incident of a Garo girl, marriage certificate and two-finger Test.
Appreciating the guidelines advocate SM Rezaul Karim said such guidelines would now make the member of the law enforcement members to abide by their duties.
"From now police have no scope for dilly dallying during filing a case of a rape victim or any other cases related to sexual violence.
He also noted that the government's circular and High      Court's directives were issued after much critical rape of a Garo girl at Badda in the capital on October 25, 2016.
She failed to file a case against the rapist. Three police stations refused to lodge any case. On the fourth day she filed the case but by the time all the symptoms of her rape evidence were obliterated.
After that High Court issued a directive suggesting if any child or woman rape victim comes to a police station police must cooperate with her in filing the case against the perpetrators without any delay.
The Ministry of Health issued a circular on 21 July, 2019, saying that if any rape victim seeks any support and cooperation from the government and non-government hospitals, they must ensure all tests and other activities required for disclosing rapist's identities.
Advocate Mahbuba Akhter, Deputy Director (Advocacy and Communication) Bangladesh Legal Aida and Services Trust (Blast), said the new directives of the High Court had removed the discrimination against woman by removing the word 'virgin' from the marriage certificate.
She also suggested that women should know about their rights that they deserve.

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