Protesting the government's failure to provide security for women and the surge of rapes, women in the capital brought out a procession from Shahbagh intersection to Manik Miah Avenue tonight to press home their twelve-point demands, including amending the Penal Code by changing the discriminatory definition of rape to make it more inclusive.
The protesters under the banner "March for Breaking Chain" (Shekol Bhangar Padojatra) began the procession at 11:59pm tonight where women of all walks of life took part, including students, teachers and journalists.
A good number of men was seen taking part in the procession.
Holding torches and placards, the protesters also chanted slogans seeking security, and speaking against the state's failure and patriarchy.
Their other demands include justice for victims, ensuring security of women on hills and flat land alike, to take steps against those involved in harassing the victims, to bring necessary reform in the education system, implement and make the sexual harassment cell functional in all educational institutions, to repeal section 155(4) of Bangladesh's Evidence Act 1872 and to complete the trial of rape cases within 90 days through speedy tribunal.