State minister for Women and Children Affairs Fazilatun Nessa Indira placed the bill which was sent to the respective parliamentary standing committee for scrutiny.

In the proposed law, the punishment for rape is death penalty or life imprisonment.

According to Article 9 (1) of the existing Women and Children Repression Prevention Act-2000, the punishment for rape is life imprisonment.

The law was promulgated through the President’s ordinance on 13 October as the parliament was not in session at that time and due to growing demands from the public to ensure death penalty for rapists.

As per the legal obligation, the ordinance was placed in parliament on the first sitting of the special session by the law minister Anisul Huq.

The trial of rape cases shall be completed by 180 days at Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunals according to the existing law.

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