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Justice to rape victims: Still a far cry
Law & Our Rights

Justice to rape victims: Still a far cry

The inhumanity and savagery by rape and sexual offences are on the peak now. Almost every day newspapers are pouring with the horrifying news of rape, gang rape of children and women.

Laws regulating guardianship of a minor in Bangladesh
Law & Our Rights

Laws regulating guardianship of a minor in Bangladesh

The fundamental law to regulate guardianship in Bangladesh is the Guardians and Wards Act (G&W Act) which was enacted in 1890 with the purpose of consolidating and amending all laws relating to a minor for whose person or property or both there is a guardian in the country.

  • Making sense of the MPs’ Constituency Works

    How problematic the constituency activities of our MPs may appear, parliament members’ constituency work is considered necessary in all types of representative democracies. Professor Philip Norton of the UK House of Lords has outlined at least seven aspects of the MPs’ constituency work.

  • On gratuity scheme and associated income tax benefits

    I work in the Human Recourse Department of a reputed multinational company. I am not very informed about the gratuity scheme and associated income tax benefits, as I hear different opinions from within my peer group. We would appreciate if you can enlighten us on the matter.

  • An analysis on the draft NRCC Act 2020

    The National River Conservation Commission recently published the Draft National River Conservation Commission Act 2020 soliciting opinions on the Bill.

  • Professor M Rafiqul Islam becomes Professor Emeritus of Macquarie University

    Professor M Rafiqul Islam has been declared a Professor Emeritus of Macquarie University at its 498th Council Meeting held on 10 December, 2020.

  • Protecting migrant workers during pandemic

    The COVID-19 pandemic posed a significant threat to the migrant workers all around the world. Migrant workers from Bangladesh, among others, were one of the worst sufferers.

  • Agonising condition of our migrant workers

    International Migrant Workers Rights Day is globally observed on 18 December. Migration is an impactful term drawing increasing attention across the world.

  • BRACU Law School & Legislative and Parliamentary Affairs Division organises legislative research workshop

    School of Law, BRAC University in collaboration with the Legislative and Parliamentary Affairs division, Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs of the Peoples Republic of Bangladesh jointly organised the workshop titled ‘Legislative Research for Identification of Discriminatory Provisions in Existing Laws of Bangladesh’ held on 12 December, 2020 at BCDM Savar.

  • Interpreting Discrimination in the Constitutional context of Bangladesh

    In Bangladesh, there is a prevalent common perception that unjust or unequal treatment results in discrimination. For example, the High Court Division in the HRPB v. Jatiyo Sangsad [67 DLR (2015) 191] held that section 32Ka of the Anti-Corruption Commission Act, 2004 was discriminatory because it created unjust classification (Para 26).

  • Proper implementation of law is needed

    NETZ Partnership for Development and Justice, along with it partner organisations We Can and DASCOH Foundation jointly organised a Policy Dialogue with relevant public authorities on the progress and obstacles of the implementation of law on 08 December at CIRDAP Auditorium, Dhaka under the project titled Strengthened Civil Society Protects and Promotes Women’s Rights supported by the European Union.

  • Moral Policing in Bangladesh: legal implications

    Moral policing is when someone imposes their subjective standards and ideas of ethics and morality on other people and prevents them from exercising their civil liberty.

  • Sunset Clause: The death of a legislation

    Sunset clause is a legal provision which provides for automatic disposition of any law or agency or government programme unless extended. It is considered as an important part of temporary legislation.

  • JICA and JATI jointly organise an online seminar on case management

    Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA) and Judicial Administration Training Institute (JATI) jointly organised a seminar on case management on November 30, 2020 to generate knowledge about case management in the civil courts among the judicial officers of Bangladesh.

  • Human rights during pandemic

    Health is a human right and not a privilege. Human rights are fundamentally linked to global health in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 continues to grow at a rapid pace worldwide.

  • Proper implementation of law is needed to stop child marriage and domestic violence

    NETZ Partnership for Development and Justice, along with it partner organisations We Can and DASCOH Foundation jointly organised a Policy Dialogue with relevant public authorities

  • The belief that NHRC carries the voice of the masses has been shaken

    Law Desk (LD): How would you evaluate the overall situation of human rights compliance in Bangladesh right now?

  • The long overdue menstrual leave

    Our country is far away from legislating provisions concerning menstrual leave.

  • Interpreting the tenure of life imprisonment

    The Supreme Court (SC) on December 1 delivered its verdict in the review petition of the Ataur Mridha case (Criminal Review Petition 82/2017). In the short order, it sought to clear the confusion that arose following its verdict in 2017 on the tenure of life imprisonment.

  • Bangladesh needs MSME law instead of SME policy

    There is every reason to devote public resources to strengthen (Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises) MSMEs in any country. The MSMEs generate most of the employment opportunities in any country.

  • On the Copyright dilemma

    The recent controversy in copyright law arose with the song ‘Juboti Radhe’, when one party claimed it to be their own lyrical composition whereas the other party claimed it to be a popular folk song.

  • Gender neutrality in rape law

    Punishment of rape has been the talk of the town for a while now and it has been this way rightfully; however, punishment alone will not suffice as a deterring factor of this heinous crime.

  • The Chittagong Hill Tracts Regulation and its constitutional status

    Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT), is the only extensively hilly area in Bangladesh. Many indigenous communities have been living in this area from time immemorial.

  • Preventing domestic violence against women

    Violence against women is a common phenomenon worldwide, which occurs both inside and outside the home. Domestic Violence (DV) is a form of violence that may occur against any family member at home.

  • HCD upholds the right of the accused to speedy trial

    On April, 2019, a Bangla newspaper published a report regarding a ‘100-year old’ woman who had been wandering the court for 18 years in search of justice in a case against her under the Arms Act 1878.

  • On Drafting the Clauses of a Contract

    After the rebound of the economy in Bangladesh, now the businesses are gaining momentum. In the law firms of Bangladesh, we are witnessing an increase of contract making to pursue different kinds of business.

  • Exploitative tourism and indigenous people’s right to land

    Mro community from Bandarban now faces daunting challenges of loss of ancestral land and forced urbanisation. People of this community are protesting the construction of a five-star hotel and tourist spot namely, “Marriott Hotel and Amusement Park” in the Chimbuk area of Bandarban.

  • Protecting Rights of Rivers: Turning intention into action

    In February 2019, the High Court Division (HCD) of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh delivered a landmark decision granting all rivers with ‘legal personhood,’ declaring all rivers in Bangladesh to have legal protection.

  • Double taxation avoidance mechanism in Bangladesh

    The Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (DTAA) is a tax agreement signed between two countries for resolving the issues regarding taxability of income and to help the taxpayers to avoid payment of income tax twice on the same income,

  • Celebrating the bi-lingual translation of the HCD verdict on rivers

    On Wednesday, 11 November 2020, the bi-lingual English-Bangla translation of the 2019 landmark HCD judgment recognising rivers as legal personalities was launched.

  • Global Innovation Index 2020 and Bangladesh

    World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) has released Global Innovation Index (GII) on September 2, 2020 in which Bangladesh ranks 116th on overall innovation indicators among 131 economies.

  • One Moti Matbor and the Probation Ordinance

    On November 8, 2020, in a landmark verdict, the High Court Division upheld five years’ imprisonment of a convict,

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