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12:00 AM, March 04, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 10:37 PM, March 09, 2020

Justice for Samia Afrin Saima

Even though death does not signify anything positive, yet, I was happy to learn from news reports that the rapist and murderer of a child was awarded the death sentence today. Last year, Harun (accused) took Saima, a nursery student to the roof of the building where they both lived. He then raped and killed the child and later fled to his village.

The rate at which sex crimes are on the rise is very alarming indeed, especially when they involve children. Although such crimes tend to trigger protests nationwide, it seems to wear down overtime. Despite many debates, it barely seems to be having any impact on the horrendous rate of sexual violence. I believe strict and timely punishment is of the utmost necessity. This death sentence should serve as an example for all the perpetrators and put fear in them. Hopefully, more of such exemplary sentencing will help curb such crimes.


Nusrat Jahan, Tongi Pilot School & Girls College

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