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08:14 PM, January 11, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 08:58 PM, January 11, 2020

Rape incidents turned epidemic: Kamal

Raising alarm at the growing incidents of rape in the country, Jatiya Oikyafront leader Kamal Hossain today urged people to forge a movement to ensure people’s security and to establish the rule of law.

“Rape incident has turned into an epidemic as we are getting news of rape incidents from not only in Dhaka but also in Chattogram and from across the country every morning through newspapers,” Kamal also the president of Gonoforum said.

While addressing a human chain in front of the National Press Club in Dhaka, the eminent jurist blamed the deteriorating law and order situation for increasing the rape incidents.

“Why the rape incident is on a rising trend? Why lacking remains in our law and order? It has really emerged as a deep concern for us,” Kamal said at the human chain.

Claiming that it is constitutionally recognised that there will be rule of law and security of people’s lives and properties in the country, Kamal said those who take charge of the country should give the first priority to these two issues.

“Why it will not stop? It should be stopped immediately and effective step should be taken to this end. Otherwise, give the people a scope so that they can elect a capable government to free the society from terrorism collectively,” Kamal said.

He also criticised the government for its failure in dealing with the issues and said in a true sense there is no democracy in the country.

“We are seeing a light of hope as people are standing around now. Let’s come forward unitedly to continue the fight for establishing effective democracy in the country,” he said.

Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK) in its annual report said the number of rape victims in Bangladesh has doubled in 2019 than that of the previous year.

A total of 1,413 women were either gang-raped or subjected to rape last year. Of them, 76 were killed after rape and 10 others died by suicide, ASK said in its report on December 31 last year.

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