Memorandum to the President for the death sentence of rapists
Zariat Mushfique Khan of DOT
The general female students of Dhaka University (DU) have submitted a memorandum to the president requesting that an example be made of rapists, and that they be given the death penalty for their crimes, reports Sarabangla.
Yesterday (11th July) around 10:30 in the morning, some female students of the University submitted the memorandum at the Bongobhobon. The memorandum was in turn accepted by the Press Secretary of the President.
The two-point demand of the students detailed that- tribunals are to be constituted in rape cases, the trials should be concluded within 30 working days and the maximum punishment in cases of rape should be death. The DU students that submitted the memorandum include, Ishat Kashfia Ira, Ziyasmin Shanta, Maksuda Akhter Toma and Sabrina Tabasum Nithia.
Ishat Kashfia Ira stated, “Rape has now become a recurring threat. All the achievements made by our government are paling in comparison to this constant threat of rape. Almost half of the country’s population is women and with this constant risk of getting raped it is impossible for women to advance. When one rape occurs we forget the previous rape, and so forth. Only when an example is made out of rapists, then others will fear to venture down that path.”
She cites the decrease in acid attacks as the result of strict penalties as an example.
One of the other students active in the creation of the memorandum, Ziyasmin Shanta stated, “The constant rapes in the last six months have put us in a state of terror. First, child rapes; now they’re killing the victims after raping them. As students of Dhaka University, we believe it is our responsibility to speak up. People are looking to us to for some form of a response.”
Yesterday at 5 in the evening, a human chain was to be created and the memorandum to be presented directly to the Prime Minister, she had stated.