Bangladesh raises maximum penalty for sexual assault to death October 14 at 7:36 a.m.
In Bangladesh in South Asia, civil protests spread across the country after images of women being sexually assaulted in groups spread across the country, and the government raised the maximum penalty for sexual assault cases to death.
In Bangladesh, citizens’ protests calling for severe punishment for sex crimes spread across the country this month after videos of women being sexually assaulted by a group of men spread on social media.
Against this end, Bangladesh’s President Hamid today approved raising the maximum penalty for sexual assault cases from the previous life sentence to the death penalty.
According to local human rights groups, 975 women had been sexually assaulted by the end of last month in Bangladesh, 43 of which had died, and legal punishment was raised by public opinion wishing for severe punishment.
Amnesty International, an international human rights group, has called on the government to take effective measures to prevent damage, saying the increase to the death penalty will not deter crime.
The trend of severe punishment for sex crimes is also underway in neighboring India, where sexual assault on women has become a serious social problem, and the maximum sentence has been raised to death seven years ago.