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12:00 AM, October 08, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 05:35 AM, October 08, 2020

A ‘festival of violence’ against women: Fakhrul

Demands exemplary punishment for rapists

BNP yesterday alleged that a "festivity" of violence against women is going on across the country, "under the shelter of the government".

"People of the country expressed their anger. A dreadful situation is prevailing in the country and the existence of the country is at stake. The incident of Begumganj has shaken not only the nation but the entire world," said Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, secretary general of the party.

Addressing a human chain in front of Jatiya Press Club to protest incidents of violence against women, Fakhrul said, "The Noakhali incident is not an isolated one. Violence against women have become a regular incident under the patronage of the illegal government."

Je said the current government has lost all its rights to stay in the office.

"A few days ago, Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader said they cannot avoided the responsibility of rape. They acknowledged that they are behind rape and repression on women."

Saying none can sit idle seeing the incidents of violence against women, he urged all to get united and protest. The BNP leader announced that the party will  form human chains across the country today in this regard.

BNP standing committee member Khandakar Mosharraf Hossain said it is published in media reports that the ruling party men are behind such heinous acts.

BNP standing committee member Goyeshawar Chandra Roy said students took to the streets protesting violence against women. "If you (government) fail to run the country, fail to protect women then step down immediately." If judiciary and police work independently, it is very much possible to root out criminals, he said.

Hundreds of party members thronged the press club area to join the programme. They brought out placards and banners, demanding trials of rapists, resignation of the government and shouted various anti-government slogans.

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